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nadeem_m
Dynatrace Organizer
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While it might be true that a lot of dumps are being created, it might not be happening because of OneAgent. In fact, OneAgent does not create any memory dumps but the underlying kernel/operating system does. 

Whenever a process crashes on a machine the kernel creates a memory dump for you to analyze. Every operating system has a standard routine to create and store memory dumps and your host will create a memory dump of crashing applications no matter what; with or without OneAgent. 

Oneagent simply analyzes the created dumps by the kernel to check, if any of its own processes were reasons for crashing. Once OneAgent has analyzed the dump, OneAgent calls the actual dump handling routine on the system and passes the control to it.

This is true that installation of OneAgent on Linux, changes the dump handling routine of the system but only to the extent that it can analyze, and after analyzing the actual routine can be called. 

During installation contents of /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern are written to /opt/dynatrace/oneagent/agent/conf/original_core_pattern

https://www.dynatrace.com/support/help/shortlink/crash-analysis#linux-core-dump-handling

Troubleshooting steps:

If you do not want OneAgent to analyze the memory dumps created by the kernel then while installing OneAgent you can pass the following parameter. 

On New Installations:

--set-dump-capture-enabled=false

On Existing Installation:

sudo /opt/dynatrace/oneagent/agent/tools/lib64/oneagentctl --set-dump-capture-enabled=false

Dump capturing will be disabled but the change will take effect during the next update of the OneAgent.

Another workaround on the existing installation will be to read the contents of /opt/dynatrace/oneagent/agent/conf/original_core_pattern and paste in /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern after removing the existing contents. Note that this workaround only works until the next update of OneAgent. 

Any other method of disabling the analysis of memory dumps by OneAgent will have an adverse effect on the memory handling routine of the system depending on what method was chosen to disable the analysis.  

 

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‎12 May 2023 11:00 AM
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ChadTurner
DynaMight Legend
DynaMight Legend

Great Write up, many times an incorrect setting can cause this effect and its great that you have documented it.