Re: [hackers] [ubase] [PATCH] install: ignore -s

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:56:07 +0100

On Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:51:14 +0100
Mattias Andrée <> wrote:

Hey Mattias,

> The -s flag previously called strip(1) on the installed file.
> This patch changes install(1)'s behaviour to ignore -s.
> Many makefiles use the -s flag, so it has to be recognised for
> compatibility, however it does not have to do anything because
> symbols do not negatively affect the functionallity of binaries.
> Ignoring -s have the added benefit that the user do not need
> to edit makefiles if they want the symbols that are useful for
> debugging. If the user wants to strip away symbols, it can be
> done manually or automatically by the package manager.

thanks, applied! I favor just not documenting the s-flag in xinstall.1,
but understand both sides of the argument. We have many examples in
sbase, like sort -m, but also as we can see install -c and others.

Maybe we can discuss this here. Another alternative would be to put
that in a NOTES section. I really don't want to see the manpages filled
up with ignored options, making them harder to read. On the other hand,
a manpage should reflect the code and no matter how we put it, we do
handle the c and s flags specially here.



Laslo Hunhold <>
Received on Tue Dec 27 2016 - 13:56:07 CET

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