debuginfo for sub packages (Help with RPM SPEC files)

Adam Jackson ajax at
Wed Jun 16 15:42:07 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-06-16 at 09:47 -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-06-16 at 09:37 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> > I can't speak to Trever's case, but I can say that it's pretty
> > irritating to need debuginfo for every compiler in gcc when all I really
> > need is debuginfo for libgcc:
> > 
> > atropine:~% stat -c %s /usr/lib/debug/lib/libgcc_s-*debug
> > 327080
> > atropine:~% rpm -qf --qf="%{size} %{name}\n" /usr/lib/debug/lib/libgcc_s*debug
> > 329486271 gcc-debuginfo
> > 
> > So subpackaged debuginfo would actually be pretty nice.  gcc is
> > admittedly something of an outlier here, I admit; I don't think most
> > packages need subpackaged debuginfo, but the ones that do...
> Wasn't debuginfofs supposed to solve that ?

In the sense of reducing disk needs on the clients, yes.  But on the
server, you'd still be unpacking >300M of gcc-debuginfo just to get at
libgcc's debuginfo.  So subpackaging debuginfo would still be a win even
with debuginfofs, since you'd be improving the cache behaviour on the

- ajax
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