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Yeah, minidump and breakpad/crashpad can be great when running native code on an OS!

One challenge with embedded devices (i.e ARM Cortex-Ms) is that it is not always safe/viable to try and grab the thread contexts at the time of crash. These MCUs have none or very limited support for memory management (a MPU at best), the OS/application state usually lives in the same RAM area, and the stack dealing with exception handling is usually quite small. For these reasons, it's usually desirable to grab a very simple memory dump and offload as much of the processing as possible to the server. The "core dump" format that is used for linux is saved as an ELF with a few special PT_NOTE sections to convey thread information. This would be hard to generate on most embedded devices. The coredump we collect for embedded devices is closer to a mini-dump. It is basically just a raw memory dump and the current register state on the device. On the server side, we recover the thread contexts and backtraces by using the debug symbols, the RAM capture, and analyzers for the RTOS that was used (i.e FreeRTOS, Zephyr, ThreadX, Mbed OS)




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