Proposed F18 feature: MiniDebugInfo

Alexander Larsson alexl at
Tue May 8 06:15:54 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-05-07 at 18:55 +0100, Peter Robinson wrote:
> On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM, Alexander Larsson <alexl at> wrote:
> > I just wrote a new Feature proposal for shipping minimal debug info by
> > default:
> >
> >
> > The feature page lists some of the background and statistics. It also
> > lists some options in how to implement this, which all have various
> > different pros and cons. I'd like to hear what peoples opinions on these
> > are.
> >
> > My personal opinion is that we should go with compressed data, in the
> > original files without the line number information. This means we use
> > minimal space (i.e. an installation increase by only 0.5%) while being
> > completely transparent to users. It does however make the normal
> > packages larger in a non-optional way which some people disagree with.
> What sort of size impact are we talking about here, there's a lot of
> devices that people are starting to use Fedora on such as ARM devices
> that don't have a lot of storage space. One of the most widely
> deployed devices running Fedora for example is the OLPC XO-1 which
> only has 1gb of space so every size increase is a hit and Fedora is
> already starting to have quite a large muffin top to deal with.

See the feature page for detail on the space use. On my F17 desktop
install with and 8 gigabytes /usr it would add 43 megabytes of data.

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