August 31, 2015

The Guide to Find Linux Kernel Debuginfo Package

A repeat task to Linux core dump analysis is to find the corresponding kernel debuginfo package. When you extract the kernel version from the memory, the first question is which release the kernel is at. Then where to find the kernel debuginfo package that has the symbols and maybe also the source package. The most popular commercial Linux distributions are RHEL, SLES, Ubuntu and their relatives, so here is the guide to find those packages.


  • Ubuntu List of Releases,
  • Ubuntu Releases and Kernel Versions,
  • debuginfo online repository:
  • package name:
kernel: linux-image
symbol: linux-image-*-dbgsym
source: linux-source
  • extract package
    ar -x linux-image-3.2.0-41-generic-dbgsym_3.2.0-41.66_amd64.ddeb



  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release Dates,
  • CentOS debug packages are compatible with Redhat
  • package online repository:
  • debuginfo online repository:
kernel: kernel
source: kernel-debuginfo-common
symbol: kernel-debuginfo
  • extract package
    rpm2cpio kernel-2.6.32-573.el6.x86_64.rpm | cpio -idmv

Oracle UEK (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel)

  • package online repository:
  • debuginfo online repository:

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zypper search -s 'kernel-default'
zypper install --download-only --oldpackage kernel-default-debuginfo-3.0.101-0.15.1
# debuginfo package needs the kernel binary in SLES
zypper install --download-only --oldpackage kernel-default-base-3.0.101-0.15.1
# find the rpm in /var/cache/zypp/packages
  • I’ve not yet found an open free online repository for SLES…