Examining vmcore with crash (very) often means to look at multiple outputs at once, which in console enviroment simply is not easily achievable. Since last hackweek, there is a "crashgui", but this is not as extensible as it could be. It may be useful to have the possibility to look at certain crash outputs using just web browser.
At least these functions would be useful:
look up a symbol
list a disassembly of a function
struct xxx [yyy]
get memory dump
It would certainly be fancy to be able to click from dis -l to line:number, but don't be too greedy.
The solution would consist of writing a crash extension with functionality of waiting for being called, fetching certain outputs and packing them into web-readable format (JSON probably) and sending them over a socket. Interface of this extension is yet to be determined.
Another part is that this could be joined with managing multiple running crash sessions, preparing debuginfo files and so on. So one could type for example:
to get to second vmcore of 866555.
Status at the end of Hackweek 10:
The project is in status of working proof of concept - it enables you to:
view kernel log
click at functions in Call trace and view their disassembly (and navigate by mouse within jumps & calls in it)
view structure declarations (and the nested structures too)
from declarations, jump to structure instances in memory
If anybody is interested, I'll put running demo somewhere. Example screen looks like this:
Looking for mad skills in: