[pacman-dev] [PATCH] makepkg: optionally attach minimal debuginfo to binaries

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Tue Feb 16 02:39:46 UTC 2016

On 16/02/16 11:42, Levente Polyak wrote:
> ==> 0x00: Summary
> I think this looks kind of useful, minidebug enabled binaries could help
> debugging and understanding certain type of crashes without the need of
> rebuilding and install full debug symbols.

Thanks for taking a look at this.

> ==> 0x04: Strange observations
> Besides the package firefox, where the minidebug option had no effect at
> all, there was some strange effect while testing the mplayer package.
> The mplayer and memcoder binaries significantly increase in size while
> having missing .gnu_debugdata sections. As there may be more cases
> affected by this issue, it should maybe be investigated before
> considering to enable this by default.
> 1) mplayer         26.95%
>    17M  17333304
>    21M  22005264
> 2) mencoder        25.96%
>    16M  16105880
>    20M  20286256

Whether this option is enabled or not by a distribution (including Arch)
is not an issue to be discussed here.  What worries me about this is
that this is a sign of a bug in the implementation (particularly the
lack of a .gnu_debugdata section).

I'm going to need this case investigate before this gets pulled into


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