Is there a way to generate a decent looking report with the /var/share/apport/*.crash files?

If not, how does one get a hold of the details regarding a past system error?

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The apport-unpack command will output human readable files into a directory provided a .crash file and the name of a directory.

apport-unpack /var/crash/_usr_lib_gnome-settings-daemon_gnome-settings-daemon.1000.crash /home/surgemcgee/gnome_crash


And after you unpack it, run gdb to backtrace it.

gdb pathToYourBinaryWhichCrashed CoreDump



to see backtrace.

Note: CoreDump needs to be binary file in unpacked files directory from apport-unpack.

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