Parameter kernel.core_pattern is overwritten at boot time in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • abrt
  • abrt-addon-ccpp


  • The kernel parameter kernel.core_pattern is overwritten at reboot to the following configuration:

    # sysctl kernel.core_pattern  
    kernel.core_pattern = |/usr/libexec/abrt-hook-ccpp /var/spool/abrt %s %c %p %u %g %t %h %e 636f726500
  • This occurs even when a value is manually specified in /etc/sysctl.conf. The value can be manually reset using the sysctl -p command confirming that the syntax of /etc/sysctl.conf is correct. But the value is still reset on every reboot.


When abrtd service starts, kernel.core_pattern is overwritten automatically by the system installed abrt-addon-ccpp.

Two ways are available to resolve this:

  • Setting DumpLocation option in the /etc/abrt/abrt.conf configuration file.

    The destination directory can be specified by setting DumpLocation = /some/dir in the /etc/abrt/abrt.conf configuration file.
    And sysctl kernel.core_pattern's displayed value will be the same but the actual core file will be created to the directory under /some/dir.

    If the system uses selinux,please run below command for set selinux context:

    # semanage fcontext -a -t public_content_rw_t "/some/dir(/.*)?"
    # setsebool -P abrt_anon_write 1
    # service abrtd restart
  • Stop abrtd service. kernel.core_pattern will not be overwritten.

Root Cause

  • This behavior is the result of the Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (ABRT).

  • If the ABRT daemon is running, it will dynamically overwrite the destination of core files to /var/spool/abrt/.

  • If the coredump handler abrt-addon-ccpp plugin is installed, the core pattern value will appear as:

kernel.core_pattern = |/usr/libexec/abrt-hook-ccpp %s %c %p %u %g %t e

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