size of debug symbols

Trond Endrestøl Trond.Endrestol at
Sun Feb 24 07:53:28 UTC 2019

On Sat, 23 Feb 2019 13:37-0500, Robert Huff wrote:

> Trond Endrestøl writes:
> >  On Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:07-0500, Robert Huff wrote:
> >  
> >  > I can no longer build large programs - e.g. www/webkit*, devel/llvm* 
> >  > - using "WITH_DEBUG=yes" because it will inevitably consume 22+ 
> >  > gbytes of disk space.  (I complained about this before, and had no 
> >  > answer as to what was going on or how to fix it.)  This did not 
> >  > happen under 11.*.
> >  
> >  What happens if you confine WITH_DEBUG=yes to /etc/src.conf? This
> >  way it should only affect base unless I'm mistaken.
> 	I was about to say "I expect that would work.".	But: given the
> size of the kernel, it is a fact not in evidence it won't have the same
> problems.
> 	It would also leave me with applications that are ... difficult
> ... to debug using traditional methods.
> 	(And more generally, I am concerned something like this can
> change to such a degree either without being noticed or without being
> documented.  (_Is_ there documentation, other than complaints on the
> mailing lists?  I don't see anything in src/UPDATING, ports/UPDATING,
> or (after a quick skim) in the Handbook.  I'd love to be wrong here.)
> One of my selling points for FreeBSD is the high quality of the
> documentation; this puts that in doubt.)

I was a bit wrong, for base it's WITHOUT_DEBUG_FILES=yes. I'm not sure 
if the same applies to localbase aka ports. See make.conf(5) and 
src.conf(5). The latter describes among others, WITHOUT_DEBUG_FILES.


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