[buildroot] $(STRIP) --strip-unneeded on a SHARED library...WHY?

John Z. Bohach jzb at aexorsyst.com
Tue Dec 6 15:51:46 UTC 2005

On Tuesday 06 December 2005 01:25, Peter S. Mazinger wrote:
> are you sure you used the correct strip (it is that you render your libs
> useless, if you use the host strip against the cross-compiled libs)
> Peter

Sorry, I thought this would be more obvious.  I don't want to start a big long 
thread, so specifically, in buildroot/packages/Makefile.in, we have:

STRIP=$(TARGET_CROSS)strip --remove-section=.comment --remove-section=.note

which is fine.  But then later, specific package makefiles do this:

-$(STRIP) --strip-unneeded $(TARGET_DIR)/lib/libncurses.so.$(NCURSES_VER)

and package/berkelybd.mk
-$(STRIP) --strip-unneeded $(TARGET_DIR)/lib/libdb*so*

which is not fine, because all symbol information from the libraries is now 
removed, and whenever a linker tries linking against thusly stripped 
libraries, you get "undefined symbol..." errors.

Just an FYI, and a learning point.


P.S.:  freetype, directfb, libpng, libsys, and more all suffer from this, so 
whatever the thinking was, it was contagious...
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