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Subject[RFC] proc, coredump: add CoreDumping flag to /proc/pid/status
Right now there is no convenient way to check if a process is being
coredumped at the moment.

It might be necessary to recognize such state to prevent killing
the process and getting a broken coredump.
Writing a large core might take significant time, and the process
is unresponsive during it, so it might be killed by timeout,
if another process is monitoring and killing/restarting
hanging tasks.

To provide an ability to detect if a process is in the state of
being coreduped, we can expose a boolean CoreDumping flag
in /proc/pid/status.

$ cat

echo "|/usr/bin/sleep 10" > /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern
sleep 1000 &

cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping
kill -ABRT $PID
sleep 1
cat /proc/$PID/status | grep CoreDumping

$ ./
CoreDumping: 0
CoreDumping: 1

Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <>
Cc: Alexander Viro <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
fs/proc/array.c | 6 ++++++
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/proc/array.c b/fs/proc/array.c
index 88c355574aa0..fc4a0aa7f487 100644
--- a/fs/proc/array.c
+++ b/fs/proc/array.c
@@ -369,6 +369,11 @@ static void task_cpus_allowed(struct seq_file *m, struct task_struct *task)

+static inline void task_core_dumping(struct seq_file *m, struct mm_struct *mm)
+ seq_printf(m, "CoreDumping:\t%d\n", !!mm->core_state);
int proc_pid_status(struct seq_file *m, struct pid_namespace *ns,
struct pid *pid, struct task_struct *task)
@@ -379,6 +384,7 @@ int proc_pid_status(struct seq_file *m, struct pid_namespace *ns,

if (mm) {
task_mem(m, mm);
+ task_core_dumping(m, mm);
task_sig(m, task);
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