strip - remove unnecessary information from executable files (DEVELOPMENT)
[SD] strip file...
The strip utility shall remove from executable files named by the file operands any information the implementor deems unnecessary for execution of those files. The nature of that information is unspecified. The effect of strip shall be similar to the use of the -s option to c99 or fort77.
The following operand shall be supported:
- A pathname referring to an executable file.
The input files shall be in the form of executable files successfully produced by any compiler defined by this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001.
The following environment variables shall affect the execution of strip:
- Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 8.2, Internationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used to determine the values of locale categories.)
- If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.
- Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters in arguments).
- Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
- [XSI] Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.
The strip utility shall produce executable files of unspecified format.
The following exit values shall be returned:
- Successful completion.
- An error occurred.
Historically, this utility has been used to remove the symbol table from an executable file. It was included since it is known that the amount of symbolic information can amount to several megabytes; the ability to remove it in a portable manner was deemed important, especially for smaller systems.
The behavior of strip is said to be the same as the -s option to a compiler. While the end result is essentially the same, it is not required to be identical.
ar, c99, fort77
First released in Issue 2.
This utility is marked as part of the Software Development Utilities option.