Building UNSTRIPPED binaries in ports?

Vince Hoffman-Kazlauskas jhary at
Tue Aug 21 12:45:03 PDT 2007

Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> Hello,
> I am encountering a bug with named-9.4.1-P1 that I am attempting to 
> work with ISC on, that I have built from ports (dns/bind94).  However, 
> I need a non-stripped version of the binary to get a backtrace.  I 
> can't "roll my own" binary because it may be related to some way that 
> the port is built so I need to maintain a similar build environment.
> Is there some make.conf or compile time flag that I can set that would 
> prevent the stripping from happening?
> Or would I just have to manually edit the makefile someplace -- and if 
> so, can anyone give a pointer as to where?  Setting the strip command 
> to /bin/true or something, perhaps -- but I can't be sure if the 
> strip_command is being used.
> I've found references in the porter's handbook that state all binaries 
> should be stripped, but I think in cases like this it would be useful 
> to give the user a universal option to not do so.
I had a quick dig in /usr/ports/Mk and from It looks like 
what you want is
# WITH_DEBUG            - If set, debugging flags are added to CFLAGS 
and the
#                         binaries don't get stripped by INSTALL_PROGRAM.
#                         Besides, individual ports might add their specific
#                         to produce binaries for debugging purposes.
#                         You can override the debug flags that are 
passed to
#                         the compiler by setting DEBUG_FLAGS. It is set to
#                         "-g" at default


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