Huge Size Of Linked Executables When Compiling With DWARF And Debugging Enabled

(Doc ID 1425525.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 03, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Solaris Studio - Version Sun Studio 11 to 12.3 [Release 11.0 to 12]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Linked executables are significantly larger compared to older Sun Studio versions after any of the following:

At link time, the linker might hit 32-bit boundaries:

ld: elf error: file <file path and name>: elf_update: Memory allocation error: output file space: Not enough space


The problem shows up when debugging support has been enabled via any of -g, -g0, or -g3, AND the following option is active:


-xdebugformat=dwarf is the default

The problem does not show up when the following option is used


-xdebugformat=stabs is the default


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