PS90C - OS/2 Warp V3 Problem Determination Workshop I - Application Trap Analysis
This course teaches you how to debug OS/2 Warp applications using the dump formatter. You will learn to determine why a trap occurs, how to read and interpret mnemonic instructions, how to display descriptor and page table entries and, how a stack is used by the hardware and software.
What You Will Learn
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the virtual storage environment of OS/2 Warp
- Display components of a virtual storage address and data
- Display code segments as mnemonic machine instructions, and determine the operations they will perform
- Gather appropriate documentation necessary for diagnosis
- Describe why a trap occurs
- Use the dump formatter
- Create and analyze a valid dump of a trap
- Determine which program or routine caused the trap
- Describe how to use the data displayed on a trap screen
- OS/2 Warp use of the Intel x86 hardware to implement a protected virtual storage environment
- Determining why a trap occurs
- Displaying descriptors, page table entries, data and instructions
- An introduction to reading and interpreting mnemonic machine-level instructions
- How a stack is used by both hardware and software
- Using application documentation during problem analysis
- Gathering proper documentation for a problem
This course has been designed for those who are assigned the task of performing problem determination and analysis of application trap errors. Technical co-ordinators, programmers, developers, technical support personnel, and others who wish to develop or improve this skill are good candidates for this course. This class is the foundation for the following OS/2 Warp Problem Determination Debug series:
- Diagnosing Traps in Privileged Code (P1191E)
- Using the System Trace (P1097E)
- Diagnosing Hangs (P1098E)
Before taking this course, you should have the following:
- Experience in basic programming skills/concepts (C is preferred but not required). These basic concepts should include an understanding of arrays, pointers and linked lists.
- Experience in Assembly language or Processor Architecture concepts (Intel X86 is preferred but not required).
- Basic skills for using OS/2 Warp.