[pacman-dev] static libraries not stripped?

Xavier shiningxc at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 18:37:33 EDT 2008

I just noticed that the last ffmpeg package is much bigger than the old 
one (13MB vs 4MB).
Looking more in depth in the two packages, it looks like it is all the 
static libraries which are much bigger now :
-rw-r--r-- root/root   4838852 2007-12-05 03:43 usr/lib/libavcodec.a
-rw-r--r-- root/root  20604500 2008-06-26 03:12 usr/lib/libavcodec.a

Isn't this only because the new one is not stripped?

Here is how it is detected by file :
$ file -biz /usr/lib/libavcodec.a

So could this be an old pacman 3.1 regression ?

Maybe this code also needs to handle x-archive.

$ file -iz /usr/lib/* | grep x-archive | wc -l

$ file -iz /usr/lib/*.a | grep x-archive | wc -l

$ file -iz /usr/lib/*.a | grep -v x-archive
/usr/lib/libcurses.a:                 application/x-not-regular-file
/usr/lib/libdts.a:                    application/x-not-regular-file
/usr/lib/libieee.a:                   application/x-object
/usr/lib/libmcheck.a:                 application/x-object
/usr/lib/libpng.a:                    application/x-not-regular-file

So a few .a files don't appear as x-archive, but apparently the big 
majority of them do, so maybe this is not a big problem.

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