Subject: Re: bin/28590: binaries in NetBSD 2.0 should be stripped
To: None <gnats-admin@NetBSD.org, netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.org>
From: Igor Sobrado <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/09/2004 18:01:33
> On Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 07:21:00AM +0000, email@example.com wrote:
> The file don't have debugging information in them (they aren't built w. -g).
> All stripping will do at this point is remove the rest of the symbol
> information which makes getting stack traces from potential core dumps fairly
> useless. It's adding no real overhead to the system and retaining that
> symbol data is still useful. It's not the same as "debugging information".
I was not aware about this fact, I did not run gdb(1) on them. As
symbol information was missing in earlier releases, I supposed it
was a mistake on the compilation process.
Now, it is obvious to me that the symbol information will help users
providing higher quality feedback on the operating system errors.
I am glad to see that this feature is available. I hope that this
information will help improving the operating system quality
Please, close the PR. Nice to know that those extra bits are
a feature, and not a mistake. Indeed, there is a big difference
in providing symbols for support tracing binaries and the full
source code for debugging.