What do people think about not installing a stripped /kernel ?

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Mon Oct 18 15:14:08 PDT 2004

    The only cost is disk space... e.g. 3MB stripped kernel verses 16MB
    debug kernel.  But the debug info isn't actually loaded into memory so
    the kernel load time and memory overhead is the same as with the stripped

    The issue is bug reports and kernel core dumps.  I can't count the number
    of times I have had to carefully instruct people to retrieve their
    kernel.debug's for bug reporting purposes.  And even my own debugging 
    would be more convenient if I didn't have to save off a separate copy of
    the debug version of the kernel.

    What I'm thinking of doing is having the installkernel target install the
    debug version rather then the stripped version unless told to install
    the stripped version with a new option, e.g. 'options INSTALL_STRIPPED'.
    We would ship full debug GENERIC kernels instead of stripped kernels.
    i.e. we aren't getting rid of the ability to install a stripped kernel,
    we just aren't making it the default any more.

    What do people think?


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