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[Gnu-arch-users] libarch and version string (was Re: libtla, version_str

From: Yann Droneaud
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] libarch and version string (was Re: libtla, version_string)
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 21:36:20 +0200
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Andrew Suffield <address@hidden> writes:

> On Mon, Aug 30, 2004 at 08:10:56PM +0200, Yann Droneaud wrote:
>> I found that the 'version_string' is duplicated accross almost every
>> source files correspondig to a command.
>> $ find tla-1.3/src/tla/libarch/ -name 'cmd*.c'  | wc -l
>> 100
>> $ strings /home/meuh/bin/tla | grep -c 'from regexps\.com'
>> 97
>> $ grep 'char.*version_string' tla-1.3/src/tla/libarch/*  | wc -l
>> 97
>> This is many bytes wasted in the binary to store redundant information,
>> so we could add a version.c file holding only one defintion of the
>> version string.
> Get a linker that does not suck. Like the one from current binutils.
> address@hidden:~$ strings /usr/bin/tla | grep -c 'from regexps\.com'
> 5

If not shrinking the binary, removing all the version strings
will speedup compilation and link time, reduce the source code size, and
no more disturb me wondering why there's so many different version

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