IEEE Standards Interpretation for IEEE Std 1003.1™-2001 IEEE Standard Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX®)
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Interpretation Request #103
Topic: strip object files, archives, executables Relevant Sections: XCU strip
Edition of Specification (Year): 2004
Defect code : 2. Omission
The ar description of the -s option states that "This option is useful to restore the archive symbol table after it has been stripped; see strip." The strip operands section states that its operand is "A pathname refering to an executable file." and makes no references to archives.
Make it clear that strip is applicable to object files and archives, eliminates all information unnecessary for linking for individual object files and the object files contained within an archive and eliminates the archive symbol table.
The standard is unclear on this issue, and no conformance distinction can be made between alternative implementations based on this. This is being referred to the sponsor.
Rationale for Interpretation
This was considered as two issues:the first was that the term "executable" should also include relocatable and object files. The second issue was the contradiction between ar and strip.