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Old 10-19-2004, 06:15 AM   #1
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How do you make C++ programs smaller?

How come when I compile even a simple program that only prints a line on the screen it takes up 3 MB when an equivalent ASM program would be only 500 bytes or so? Even when I use the optimize option on the compiler it only reduces the file size a couple of kilobytes. Is there a way to reduce all that overhead in C++ and create ASM sized programs or what?
Would it work copying only the functions the program uses out of the include files?
Old 10-19-2004, 06:52 AM   #2
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You're probably compiling it with debug information. Remove the -ggdb switch
in the makefile.
Old 10-19-2004, 09:25 AM   #3
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Yeah, remove -g and -ggdb and pass -s when linking (it will strip the executable).
Old 10-19-2004, 02:32 PM   #4
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Also see the "strip" command.

Weird though -- shouldn't be *that* big... What's your linker command look like?
Old 11-03-2004, 05:33 AM   #5
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Yipee! I accidently solved the problem!
I reinstalled my distro (not because of this problem) and re-downloaded the gcc rpm's from the mirror, (I installed it last time using rpm's from and the openpkg tool). Somehow this solved it.
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from what i remember, static binaries are around 3 megabytes when linked with libc.

try "ldd binary"

if static you will get:
"not a dynamic executable"

otherwise it will be something like:
Code: => /lib/ (0x4002e000) => /usr/lib/ (0x4007f000) => /lib/ (0x40136000) => /usr/lib/ (0x40158000) => /lib/ (0x40161000)
        /lib/ => /lib/ (0x40000000)


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