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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for strip (opensolaris section 1)

strip(1)				  User Commands 				 strip(1)

       strip - strip symbol table, debugging and line number information from an object file

       strip [-lVx] file...

       The  strip  command  removes  the symbol table SHT_SYMTAB and its associated string table,
       debugging information, and line number information from ELF object files. That is, besides
       the symbol table and associated string table, the following sections are removed:


       Once  this stripping process has been done, limited symbolic debugging access is available
       for that file. Therefore, this command is normally run only  on	production  modules  that
       have been debugged and tested.

       If  strip is executed on a common archive file (see ar.h(3HEAD)) in addition to processing
       the members, strip removes the archive symbol table. The  archive  symbol  table  must  be
       restored  by  executing	the  ar(1)  command  with the -s option before the archive can be
       linked by the ld(1) command. strip produces appropriate warning messages when this  situa-
       tion arises.

       strip is used to reduce the file storage overhead taken by the object file.

       The  amount  of	information stripped from the  ELF object file can be controlled by using
       any of the following options. The following options are supported:

       -l    Strip line number information only.Does not strip	the  symbol  table  or	debugging

       -V    Prints, on standard error, the version number of  strip.

       -x    Does  not	strip  the  symbol  table. Debugging and line number information might be

       The following operand is supported:

       file    A path name referring to an executable file.

       See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment  variables	that  affect  the
       execution of strip: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.

       The following exit values are returned:

       0     Successful completion.

       >0    An error occurred.

       /tmp/strp*    Temporary files

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWbtool 		   |
       |Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |

       ar(1),  as(1), ld(1), mcs(1), elf(3ELF), tmpnam(3C), a.out(4), ar.h(3HEAD), attributes(5),
       environ(5), standards(5)

       The symbol table section is not removed if it is contained within a segment or if the file
       is a relocatable object.

       The line number and debugging sections are not removed if they are contained within a seg-
       ment or if their associated relocation section is contained within a segment.

       The strip command is used to remove a standard predefined set  of  sections  from  an  ELF
       object file. To remove a user specified section by name, see mcs(1).

SunOS 5.11				    5 Oct 2007					 strip(1)

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