Size of crosscompiled exectuable

David Terei davidterei at
Sat Jan 26 11:18:55 CET 2013

To pass to opt use '-optlo', e.g.,

$ ghc -fllvm -optlo-adce ...

Its documented in the GHC userguide.


On 26 January 2013 02:07, Nathan Hüsken <nathan.huesken at> wrote:
> On 01/26/2013 09:24 AM, Nathan Hüsken wrote:
>> On 01/25/2013 05:45 PM, Simon Marlow wrote:
>>> On 25/01/13 16:35, Simon Marlow wrote:
>>>> On 25/01/13 15:51, Stephen Paul Weber wrote:
>>>>> Somebody claiming to be Simon Marlow wrote:
>>>>>> On 25/01/13 13:58, Nathan Hüsken wrote:
>>>>>>> A simple hello world application has 1Mb in by 64 bit ubunut machine.
>>>>>>> When I stript it, is has about 750kb.
>>>>>>> When I build a cross compiler for android (arm), the executable has a
>>>>>>> asize of about 10MB, stripped about 5MB.
>>>>>>> That is huge, five times the size on my linux sysem.
>>>>>> Not sure what you mean by "five times the size on my linux system".
>>>>>> What is 5 times larger than what?
>>>>> He's saying that the size of the android executable (made by his cross
>>>>> compiler) is five time the sive of the equivalent Ubuntu executable
>>>>> (made by, I assume, his system's GHC).
>> Yes, exactly. Sorry for my bad phrasing.
>>>>> The problem is not the size, but the size ratio.
>>>> Ah, I see.  Yes, my executables are a similar size.  I'm not sure why,
>>>> I'll try to look into it.
>>> It's just the lack of SPLIT_OBJS.  Also, unregisterised accounts for a
>>> factor of 1.5 or so.
>> What exactly does SPLIT_OBJS do? Is there a chance to get it working for
>> cross platform?
>> There must be a lot of unused code in the exectuable. Is there no way to
>> remove it?
>> 5 Mb is rather large for an android app.
> Maybe it would help to pass parameters like "-adce" or "-globaldce" to
> opt (from llvm).
> But I can not figure out how I can tell ghc to pass these parameters.
> Someone knows?
> Regards,
> Nathan
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