a little tip

Alex Snow alex_snow at gmx.net
Mon Jul 22 21:10:17 EDT 2002


Wow that does save a lot of disk space, but one question:
how do you strip a binary?
Alex Snow
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Myrow" <myrow at eskimo.com>
To: <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 9:06 PM
Subject: a little tip

> Since a lot of you (including me) like to compile and try out new
> software, I have a tip.  After installing it, check to see if the binaries
> are stripped.  This saves a lot of disk space, yet many installers don't
> bother to strip binaries.  The only reason not to strip a binary or
> library is if you are planning on debugging it.  Otherwise, it's just
> wasted space.  A good example is Centericq.  After the discussion of
> Centericq on this list, I downloaded and installed it.  the binary was
> over 20 megabytes before stripping, and after, it was 2.2 megabytes!  I am
> going to check out the libraries that it built as well.  To see if a
> program or library is stripped, type "file program" where "program" is the
> name of the binary.  You will get information about it and the last part
> will either say "stripped" or "not stripped."  Hope this little tip is
> useful to somebody.
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