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[bug#42555] [PATCH v2 core-updates] build-system/gnu: strip with --strip

From: Jakub Kądziołka
Subject: [bug#42555] [PATCH v2 core-updates] build-system/gnu: strip with --strip-unneeded
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 02:21:54 +0200

Apart from debug information, one can also strip some symbols. This can
be a significant difference, the closure of gcc-toolchain@7 got reduced
by 15 MB in my tests.

As per [1], --strip-debug is included in --strip-unneeded, and
the debug files created also contain a copy of the information removed
by --strip-unneeded.

Linux From Scratch suggests that this option shouldn't be used on static
libraries [2], however other sources [3] indicate otherwise. Building a
toolchain with this patch succeeds, and the result works fine for
'gcc -static hello-world.c'.


* guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm (strip): Use --strip-unneeded.
* guix/build-system/gnu.scm (static-package, gnu-build, gnu-cross-build): 

I have realized that my previous patch was a no-op due to default values
for arguments being scattered across files. I ran my builds again and
now I can observe results in the earlier stages of the toolchain,
accessible to a testing core-updates build.

 guix/build-system/gnu.scm       | 6 +++---
 guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/guix/build-system/gnu.scm b/guix/build-system/gnu.scm
index 6b481ad45c..2c23197e77 100644
--- a/guix/build-system/gnu.scm
+++ b/guix/build-system/gnu.scm
@@ -215,7 +215,7 @@ use `--strip-all' as the arguments to `strip'."
      (let ((a (default-keyword-arguments (package-arguments p)
                 '(#:configure-flags '()
-                  #:strip-flags '("--strip-debug")))))
+                  #:strip-flags '("--strip-unneeded")))))
        (substitute-keyword-arguments a
          ((#:configure-flags flags)
           `(cons* "--disable-shared" "LDFLAGS=-static" ,flags))
@@ -337,7 +337,7 @@ standard packages used as implicit inputs of the GNU build 
                     (parallel-tests? #t)
                     (patch-shebangs? #t)
                     (strip-binaries? #t)
-                    (strip-flags ''("--strip-debug"
+                    (strip-flags ''("--strip-unneeded"
                     (strip-directories ''("lib" "lib64" "libexec"
                                           "bin" "sbin"))
@@ -492,7 +492,7 @@ is one of `host' or `target'."
                           (parallel-build? #t) (parallel-tests? #t)
                           (patch-shebangs? #t)
                           (strip-binaries? #t)
-                          (strip-flags ''("--strip-debug"
+                          (strip-flags ''("--strip-unneeded"
                           (strip-directories ''("lib" "lib64" "libexec"
                                                 "bin" "sbin"))
diff --git a/guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm b/guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm
index 2e7dff2034..d3347c9518 100644
--- a/guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm
+++ b/guix/build/gnu-build-system.scm
@@ -425,7 +425,7 @@ makefiles."
                 (objcopy-command (if target
                                      (string-append target "-objcopy")
-                (strip-flags '("--strip-debug"
+                (strip-flags '("--strip-unneeded"
                 (strip-directories '("lib" "lib64" "libexec"
                                      "bin" "sbin"))

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