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STRIP(1P)                  POSIX Programmer's Manual                 STRIP(1P)



PROLOG
       This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual.  The Linux implementation of this interface may dif-
       fer (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface  may  not  be
       implemented on Linux.

NAME
       strip - remove unnecessary information from executable files (DEVELOPMENT)

SYNOPSIS
       strip file...

DESCRIPTION
       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.

OPTIONS
       None.

OPERANDS
       The following operand shall be supported:

       file   A pathname referring to an executable file.


STDIN
       Not used.

INPUT FILES
       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.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       The following environment variables shall affect the execution of strip:

       LANG   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 prece-
              dence of internationalization variables used to determine the values of locale categories.)

       LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.

       LC_CTYPE
              Determine  the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for exam-
              ple, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters in arguments).

       LC_MESSAGES
              Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages  writ-
              ten to standard error.

       NLSPATH
              Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .


ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS
       Default.

STDOUT
       Not used.

STDERR
       The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

OUTPUT FILES
       The strip utility shall produce executable files of unspecified format.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION
       None.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values shall be returned:

        0     Successful completion.

       >0     An error occurred.


CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       None.

EXAMPLES
       None.

RATIONALE
       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 essen-
       tially the same, it is not required to be identical.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
       None.

SEE ALSO
       ar, c99, fort77

COPYRIGHT
       Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Stan-
       dard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifica-
       tions Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,  Inc  and  The
       Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Stan-
       dard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee  document.  The  original  Standard  can  be
       obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .



IEEE/The Open Group                  2003                            STRIP(1P)