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# crashy
C++ crash reporting library for UNIX systems (macOS/Linux/FreeBSD)
C++ crash reporting library for UNIX systems (macOS/Linux/FreeBSD), in Sentry format or plain text. It works by forking a crash reporting process early on, so that all the loaded libraries and locations (which can be different with ASLR) are known. When a crash occurs the main process will report to the crash reporting process the memory locations of the stack trace, breadcrumbs (log messages), and context (thread/actor name). The crash reporting process will take care of resolving the memory locations of the stack trace to function names and file names. This crash reporting process will also take care of sending the crash report (e.g. to Sentry).
## Getting started
To make it easy for you to get started with GitLab, here's a list of recommended next steps.
On Linux+FreeBSD crashy depends on the `dwarf` library to resolve memory locations to symbols. On macOS, the `/usr/bin/atos` utility is used for this (due to the dSYM way of working on macOS).
Already a pro? Just edit this and make it your own. Want to make it easy? [Use the template at the bottom](#editing-this-readme)!
Type of crashes:
- unhandled exceptions;
- segmentation faults and bus errors (incl null pointers);
- assertions:
- debug build only: use `EXPECT(...)`;
- debug and release: use `ENSURE(...)`.
## Add your files
- [ ] [Create]( or [upload]( files
- [ ] [Add files using the command line]( or push an existing Git repository with the following command:
## Getting started
Include this repo as a git submodule in your source tree. In your `CMakeLists.txt` include this subdirectory with:
cd existing_repo
git remote add origin
git branch -M main
git push -uf origin main
## Integrate with your tools
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## Collaborate with your team
- [ ] [Invite team members and collaborators](
- [ ] [Create a new merge request](
- [ ] [Automatically close issues from merge requests](
- [ ] [Enable merge request approvals](
- [ ] [Automatically merge when pipeline succeeds](
## Test and Deploy
Use the built-in continuous integration in GitLab.
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# Editing this README
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## Roadmap
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## Contributing
State if you are open to contributions and what your requirements are for accepting them.
In your library or executable link with crashy using:
target_link_libraries(${PROJECT_NAME} PUBLIC crashy)
For people who want to make changes to your project, it's helpful to have some documentation on how to get started. Perhaps there is a script that they should run or some environment variables that they need to set. Make these steps explicit. These instructions could also be useful to your future self.
In your `main()` function, add this code:
#include "crashy.h"
int main(int argc, char** argv) {
// Builder-like options
CrashOptions options;
// Which format does the sender callback expect
options.sendFormat = CrashOptions::JSON_SENTRY;
// The callback handling the crash report, executed in the crash reporting process (that is forked)
options.sender = [](CrashOptions::SendFormat format, const std::string& payload) -> bool{
if (format == CrashOptions::JSON_SENTRY) {
std::string auth = "auth";
std::string url = "url";
std::stringstream commandBuilder;
commandBuilder << "curl --silent --data " << std::quoted(payload) << " -H \"Content-Type: application/json\" -H " << std::quoted("X-Sentry-Auth: Sentry sentry_version=7, sentry_key=" + auth + ", sentry_client=indigo_crash/0.1") << " " << std::quoted(url);
std::string command = commandBuilder.str();
std::cerr << command << std::endl;
return system(command.c_str()) == 0;
std::cerr << payload << std::endl;
return true;
// Commandline options can be reported too
options.setCommandLineOptions(argc, argv);
// Callback that can be used to report a context: actor or thread name
options.getContext = []{ return "my-context"; };
// Callback that retrieves the latest log messages for the current context
// In this example we just generate bunch of log messages
options.getBreadcrumbs = [i = 0]() mutable -> std::optional<std::tuple<const char*, time_t, const char*, size_t>> {
if (i == 0) {
const char* text = "breadcrumb 0";
return {{"error", 42, text, strlen(text)}};
if (i == 1) {
const char* text = "breadcrumb 1";
return {{"info", 37, text, strlen(text)}};
return {};
// For custom exceptions we need to be able to convert those to a string,
// so we need to provide a callback for this.
options.convertExceptionPtr = [](std::exception_ptr e) -> std::string {
try {
} catch (uint32_t n) {
return std::string("number: ") + std::to_string(n);
// initiate the crash reporting service (forking a child process)
You can also document commands to lint the code or run tests. These steps help to ensure high code quality and reduce the likelihood that the changes inadvertently break something. Having instructions for running tests is especially helpful if it requires external setup, such as starting a Selenium server for testing in a browser.
# Example program
## Authors and acknowledgment
Show your appreciation to those who have contributed to the project.
If building this project, a `crashtester` binary is build. It demonstrates a couple of behaviours:
- `./crashtester` will trigger a null pointer dereference (because of the `atoi(argv[1])`);
- `./crashtester 0` will be a nop;
- `./crashtester 1` will access memory location 42, and trigger a segfault;
- `./crashtester 2` will throw exception `uint32_t(42)`, and show custom exception handling;
- `./crashtester 3` will show assertion handling with `ENSURE(...)`.
## License
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# Limitations
## Project status
If you have run out of energy or time for your project, put a note at the top of the README saying that development has slowed down or stopped completely. Someone may choose to fork your project or volunteer to step in as a maintainer or owner, allowing your project to keep going. You can also make an explicit request for maintainers.
Some inline functions are not correctly reported on Linux+FreeBSD, as they are stored differently in the DWARF format. Arm32 targets are not extensively tested, and there are some indications that sometimes filenames and linenumbers are missing (arm64 appears to work fine).
......@@ -54,7 +54,7 @@
#define _GNU_SOURCE // linux needs this for Dl_info
#include "crash.h"
#include "crashy.h"
#include <dlfcn.h>
#include "crash.h"
#include "crashy.h"
void GenerateDumpOnCrash(CrashOptions&& options [[maybe_unused]]) {
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include "crash.h"
#include "crashy.h"
// returns a file descriptor to write in binary form a crash report
// and returns a process id of the crash reporter that will finish if it has sent out the crash report
#include "crash.h"
#include "crashy.h"
#include <errno.h>
#include <string.h>
......@@ -78,6 +78,7 @@ int main(int argc, char** argv) {
// no arguments will trigger a null pointer here
x = atoi(argv[1]);
if (x != 0)
......@@ -19,7 +19,7 @@
#include <cxxabi.h>
#include "tosourcecode.h"
#include "term-defines.h"
#include "crash.h"
#include "crashy.h"
const char* BaseName(const char *str) {
const char *p = strrchr(str, '/');
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