unable to read core dumps on unix. Is there another way than using GDB?

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http://www.unix.com – hi all, I am having set of core dumps obtained from client server. Now i am trying to read them but unable to do so. I have few queries: 1. Core dumps were generated on some xyz server and copied to my unix virtual. Can I read them as text here? 2. I tried installing gdb-7.3 but when i fire "make" command it will show error message as: Code: configure: error: no termcap library found make[1]: *** [configure-gdb] Error 1 make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/sshetye/gdb-7.3' make: *** [all] Error 2 3. so i tried installing 'ncurses-5.5.tar' but again on 'make' command it is giving (HowTos)