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Linux 2.6 - man page for strip (linux section 1posix)

STRIP(P)			    POSIX Programmer's Manual				 STRIP(P)

NAME
       strip - remove unnecessary information from executable files (DEVELOPMENT)

SYNOPSIS
       strip file...

DESCRIPTION
       The strip utility shall remove from executable files named by the file operands any infor-
       mation the implementor deems unnecessary for execution of those files. The nature of  that
       information  is	unspecified.  The  effect  of strip shall be similar to the use of the -s
       option to c99 or fort77.

OPTIONS
       None.

OPERANDS
       The following operand shall be supported:

       file   A pathname referring to an executable file.

STDIN
       Not used.

INPUT FILES
       The input files shall be in the form of executable files successfully produced by any com-
       piler defined by this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       The following environment variables shall affect the execution of strip:

       LANG   Provide  a  default  value for the internationalization variables that are unset or
	      null. (See the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 8.2, Inter-
	      nationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used
	      to determine the values of locale categories.)

       LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the  other  interna-
	      tionalization variables.

       LC_CTYPE
	      Determine  the  locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as
	      characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters	in  argu-
	      ments).

       LC_MESSAGES
	      Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diag-
	      nostic messages written to standard error.

       NLSPATH
	      Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .

ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS
       Default.

STDOUT
       Not used.

STDERR
       The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

OUTPUT FILES
       The strip utility shall produce executable files of unspecified format.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION
       None.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values shall be returned:

	0     Successful completion.

       >0     An error occurred.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       None.

EXAMPLES
       None.

RATIONALE
       Historically, this utility has been used to remove the symbol  table  from  an  executable
       file. It was included since it is known that the amount of symbolic information can amount
       to several megabytes; the ability to remove it in a portable manner was deemed  important,
       especially for smaller systems.

       The behavior of strip is said to be the same as the -s option to a compiler. While the end
       result is essentially the same, it is not required to be identical.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
       None.

SEE ALSO
       ar , c99 , fort77

COPYRIGHT
       Portions of this text are reprinted and	reproduced  in	electronic  form  from	IEEE  Std
       1003.1,	2003  Edition,	Standard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
       Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003  by
       the  Institute  of  Electrical  and  Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
       event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE  and  The  Open  Group
       Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
       inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .

IEEE/The Open Group			       2003					 STRIP(P)


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