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.
The following environment variables shall affect the execution of strip:
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 precedence of internationalization variables used to
determine the values of locale categories.)
If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of
all the other internationalization variables.
Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of
bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to
multi-byte characters in arguments).
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the
format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
Determine the location of message catalogs for the
processing of LC_MESSAGES.
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 essentially the same, it is not required to
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Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications 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
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