Solaris Common Messages and Troubleshooting Guide

Bus Error


A process has received a signal indicating that it attempted to perform I/O to a device that is restricted or that does not exist. This message is usually accompanied by a core dump, except on read-only file systems.


Use a debugger to examine the core file and determine what program fault or system problem led to the bus error. If possible, check the program's output files for data corruption that might have occurred before the bus error.

Technical Notes

Bus errors can result from either a programming error or device corruption on your system. Some common causes of bus errors are: invalid file descriptors, unreasonable I/O requests, bad memory allocation, misaligned data structures, compiler bugs, and corrupt boot blocks.