crosstool-generated toolchain produces massive ELF executable

Robert P. J. Day
Mon Jan 30 16:13:00 GMT 2006

On Mon, 30 Jan 2006, Dan Kegel wrote:

> On 1/30/06, Robert P. J. Day <> wrote:
> >   scenario:  directory full of source that creates a relatively small
> > boot loader for an SH3eb system.  the final ELF executable as created
> > by a downloadable toochain from is < 128K since
> > that's all of the flash that's allocated for it, so i know that that
> > toolchain produces a correct output executable.
> >
> >   when i use a crosstool-generated toolchain, the executable turns out
> > to be almost 400K in size.  that executable is created by linking all
> > of the object files with the static libs libc.a and libgcc.a ...
> This sounds familiar.  I think it's been discussed on this list before,
> and it turned out that the extra space was debugging info, or zeroes,
> or something.
> What does 'size' say about your old and new executables?  e.g.
>   $ size /bin/ls
>    text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
>   69429     880     940   71249   11651 /bin/ls
> - Dan

i'll check but i already checked for symbols and the larger executable
really does appear to have far more imported static lib routines than
are really necessary.


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