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Force to strip all symbols from ELFs when using rpmbuild on CentOS

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What's the proper way to remove *all symbols* from ELF binaries when building packages with rpmbuild on CentOS? Seems that an out of the box rpmbuild install only discards debugging symbols (strip -g).

That's the default configuration for %__os_install_post on CentOS, the step in charge on stripping binaries:

 $ rpmbuild --showrc
 -14: __os_install_post

ELF binaries are stripped with /usr/lib/rpm/brp-strip, this script explicitly calls to /usr/bin/strip with "-g" flag and discards only debugging symbols.

Seems that the people usually installs "redhat-rpm-config" package to achieve this. Indeed it builds RPMs with all symbols removed, but it also installs some helper scripts and macros that change other behaviors, for example SRPMs are signed with SHA-256.

When "redhat-rpm-config" package is installed, %__os_install_post variable is modified and is executed, this script will remove all symbols, but it will *also* build "-debug" packages, and that's not what I'm looking for.

For the moment, I have have added another script to %__os_install_post step that removes all symbols using "strip --strip-all", but I wonder if this is the most straightforward method, thanks.

posted Jun 9, 2013 by anonymous

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You can avoid generating "-debug" packages with: %define debug_package %{nil}

answer Jun 9, 2013 by anonymous
If %__debug_packageis not defined %__debug_install_post step will be
skipped and "" script will not be executed: that's the
script in charge of executing "strip -s" to remove all symbols, thanks
anyway for the advice.
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