[Haskell-cafe] Installing ghc on NFS ... stripping and upx'ing executables, but what about .a/.so libs

Ryan Newton newton at mit.edu
Thu Oct 14 14:08:14 EDT 2010

This gets the ghc executable itself from 42mb down to 5.6mb, which helps a
lot on cruddy NFS installations.

For example the libHSghc-*, which are pretty huge (49-137mb).  Are these
libraries that are used only by GHC for compilation?  (Actually, I seem to
be able to compile simple files without them... so what are they used for?)
Any disadvantage to stripping them to save a factor of two?

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