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Huge Size Of Linked Executables When Compiling With DWARF And Debugging Enabled (Doc ID 1425525.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 23, 2020

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.

Symptoms

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

Changes

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


-xdebugformat=dwarf is the default

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

-xdebugformat=stabs


-xdebugformat=stabs is the default

Cause

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In this Document
Symptoms
Changes
Cause
Solution
 Revert back to stabs
 Pros:
 Cons:
 Use gobjcopy to extract DWARF from the linked executable
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 Cons:
 Use the 64-bit linker to link 32-bit executables
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 Cons:
 Use ancillary files
 Reduce the level of debugging support
 Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3
 Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4
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 Additional Information


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