Core file in home directory

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0ne_Up
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Core file in home directory

Post by 0ne_Up » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:53 am

Hi everyone,

I've been using Mint for a couple of weeks now and I'm happy with it. However, since a week or so a mysterious file called "core" started to pop up in my home directory. I've found online that this contains information about a program that has crashed and that it can be safely deleted. However, after deleting it it doesn't take long for it to return.

How do I find out which application is crashing?

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Re: Core file in home directory

Post by passerby » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:05 pm

How big is the core file?
If it's not too big, open it with a text editor. From there you should be able to tell what program crashed, and if not, paste it and see if somebody else can.
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Re: Core file in home directory

Post by 0ne_Up » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:38 am

It's 24MB and contains mostly unreadable characters. However I found the string '/usr/lib/vmware-tools/sbin64/vmtoolsd -n vmusr' inside it which is pointing me in the right direction. Thanks!

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Re: Core file in home directory

Post by choochooal » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:43 am

This is a bit old, like 6 years, but I just found the same file in my system, 18.3.
Mine is 700+Meg and seems to have come from a recent test of Kodi I was trying.

I too deleted mine as well as Kodi that I didn't like. Just thought I'd add this in case others stumble onto this thread.
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