Getting rpmbuild to strip all files.

Ben Greear greearb at
Wed Mar 24 17:22:34 UTC 2010

On 03/24/2010 03:36 AM, devzero2000 wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM, Ben Greear <greearb at
> <mailto:greearb at>> wrote:
>     Hello!
>     I have a package that has lots of .so files in it.  Is there
>     a way to compile the source with debugging but have rpmbuild strip every
>     file before packaging into the .rpm?
> This is the default buildpolicy in general (this is on RHEL 5 for example)
> rpm -E '%__os_install_post'
>      /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/brp-compress
>      /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/brp-strip /usr/bin/strip
>      /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/brp-strip-static-archive /usr/bin/strip
>      /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/brp-strip-comment-note /usr/bin/strip
> /usr/bin/objdump
>      /usr/lib/rpm/brp-python-bytecompile
>      /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/brp-java-repack-jars

Well, on F11, if I compile with debugging symbols..and don't tell the target package
to strip in it's install step, the resulting rpm is around 40MB, and if I do strip
in the install, it's 6MB.  The only thing that changes is the spec file's arguments
to the install step.

So, I think rpmbuild must NOT be actually stripping all the files...

I'm new to building rpms, so I may be missing something.  Here is how I'm building
the rpms:

rpmbuild -ba $RPMDIR/SPECS/xorp.ct.spec


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Ben Greear <greearb at>
Candela Technologies Inc

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