Subject: please do not ever unconditionally 'strip' installed binaries!!!!
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 07/31/2000 13:44:08
Please do not ever unconditionally 'strip' installed binaries!!!!
I go to great pains to make sure my development system is friendly to
debuggers, and normally this is done simply by using the following
COPTS?= -pipe -O2 -g
HOST_CFLAGS?= -pipe -O2 -g
For the most part this works very well. However a slowly increasing
number of packages are unconditionally stripping installed binaries,
often with a target like this in the pkgsrc makefile:
It's one thing to allow for this questionable behaviour but quite
another to actually hide it from obvious view with '@'! GRRR!!!!
Please shoot and destroy all such nasty constructions on sight! THANKS!
(Or do we have to re-incarnate the "STRIP=strip" mk.conf setting for
those people who think they know better than the package author, i.e. so
that I can set it to "STRIP=:"? I would hope not, but.... At worst
packages should have their build & install stuff modifed to honour the
existing STRIPFLAG setting, I think.)
Even more seriously speaking I think everyone on tech-pkg and on
current-users, who can possibly spare the necessary resources that is,
should be doing as I do and always compile with '-g'. Sometimes
rebuilding a binary with debugging isn't possible, and other times it
seems to fail to properly match the core file, and as a result it is
*so* much easier to examine an existing core file than it is to figure
out how to reproduce the failure with a new binary. Never mind that
lots of people are too busy (or lazy :) to re-build a binary with '-g'
in the first place!
Greg A. Woods
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