Re: compiling kernel with debug and optimization

From: devnetfs (
Date: Mon Feb 10 2003 - 11:28:52 EST

Thanks for you reply Keith :)

The reason I asked this question is -- Distro's like RH (i guess it
holds for others too) DONT distribute kernels compiled with -g and
I was wondering why?

Agreed about the compile-time+disk overhead, but that's ONE time
affair. Analyzing a system-core-dump of a "-g" built kernel (using
MCL's crash) is much easier and fruitful than otherwise.

so is it (just) the disk-space overhead that keeps distributions
from NOT compiling with "-g" option?!

Thanks once again,


--- Keith Owens <> wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Feb 2003 03:11:51 -0800 (PST),
> devnetfs <> wrote:
> >Does compiling with -g option degrade performance? IMO it should
> NOT.
> Compiling with -g slows down compilation and link, mainly because of
> the extra debugging data that has to be copied around. -g
> significantly increases disk usage.
> >If that's true, then why dont we compile kernels with both -g and
> -O2
> >always? Also does using -g AND -O2 cause some optimizations to be
> >missed out?
> With gcc, compiling with -g should have no effect on the kernel. One
> of my occasional tests is to build vmlinux with and without -g, run
> both through strip -g and compare the results. They should be
> identical except for the build timestamp.

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