Re: lintian, strip --strip-unneeded, section, and priority
On Wed, 5 Dec 2001, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> > Not sure why strip doesn't remove these ...
> Me either. Is it a bug?
Nope. --strip-unneeded just removes SYMBOLS that aren't needed for
relocation processing, not sections. I'll quote the docs:
Remove all symbols that are not needed for relocation processing.
If you want to remove sections like .note and .comment, then you'll have
to explicitely do so with -R.
Off-list update: I just wrote back to Dale about this off-list and figured
that it may be time for me to improve dh_strip a bit to have it detect
whether or not it can safely remove .comment and/or .note before blindly
doing so. In some cases (Xserver modules on alpha, for example), to
remove .comment and .note will break things, but while I don't want those
bits to be stripped, I don't see the point of the rest of the binaries in
the package that don't have a problem being stripped remaining unstripped.
I'm not sure I can catch the X situation into some kind of test, but I'll
certainly try. The end result should be a more intelligent
I'll also try to come up with something for non-debhelper packages to
include that accomplishes the same thing.