On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:08:08PM +0000, Daniela wrote:

[ size of the /bin/rcp executable ]

> That needn't be the case. Mine is 932532 bytes long (and it was already that 
> size after a fresh reinstall).
> And why? Debug symbols. I love to have them everywhere.
> Try to strip the file, and it will be much shorter.

Installed binaries should already be stripped if they're part of the
base system.  You have to make a special effort setting things in
/etc/make.conf to prevent binaries being stripped on installation.
The reason that rcp is so large on 4.x is that it's statically linked:

    % ls -la /bin/rcp
    -r-sr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  251572 Feb  7 12:43 /bin/rcp*
    % file /bin/rcp
    /bin/rcp: setuid ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (FreeBSD), for 
FreeBSD 4.9, statically linked, stripped

On recent 5.x, rcp will be linked against the shared libc and
consequently rather smaller in size.



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