Oracle Solaris Modular Debugger Guide

Limitations on Examining Process Core Files

MDB does not provide support for examining process core files that were generated by a release of the Oracle Solaris operating system preceding Solaris 2.6. If a core file from one operating system release is examined on a different operating system release, the run-time link-editor debugging interface (librtld_db) may not be able to initialize. In this case, symbol information for shared libraries will not be available. Furthermore, since shared mappings are not present in user core files, the text section and read-only data of shared libraries may not match the data that was present in the process at the time it dumped core. Core files from Oracle Solaris x86 systems may not be examined on Oracle Solaris SPARC systems, and vice-versa.