BSD 2.11 - man page for strcompact (bsd section 1)
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strcompact - string compaction for object files
strcompact [ object_name ... ]
strcompact scans the symbol and string tables of an object file looking for multiple ref-
erences in the symbol table to the same string. The string offset of symbol table entries
is updated to preserve only one copy of the string.
strcompact cut the size of the kernel string table by about 25%.
The user must have write permission to the object/executable file.
strcompact writes to stderr the number of shared strings found.
strcompact exits 0 if successful, and >0 if an error occurred.
sort(1), symcompact(1), symorder(1), uniq(1)
Execution speed leaves much to be desired - on a 11/73 it takes about 4 minutes to process
the string table of the kernel. Fortunately this is only done once when the kernel is
Although strcompact may be run on .o files as well as executables but this is probably not
worth the trouble since the linker will not create shared strings in the final executable.
3rd Berkeley Distribution January 25, 1994 strcompact(1)
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