[fpc-devel] Debug Info proposal

Bogusław Brandys brandys at o2.pl
Sat Jan 12 16:07:50 CET 2008

Daniël Mantione wrote:
> Op Sat, 12 Jan 2008, schreef Fabio Dell'Aria:
>> I think the FreePascal debug info contains the full source code of the
>> compiled software,
> Your assumption is incorrect. The debug info contains
> * Line info (which source code line belongs to which memory address).
> * Type info (information about Pascal data types)
> * Variable info (which variable is stored where)
>> So will be possible:
>> 1)...speedup the compiling process (write less bytes on disk and use less
>> RAM to generate compiled file);
>> 2)...the beginner programmers do not stop to uses FreePascal for its BIG
>> compiled files.
>> What do you think of this my proposal?
> Not possible. Free Pascal's debug information also has to conform to 
> stabs/dwarf specification (the debugger has to understand it), so there 
> is not much freedom to make changes how FPC writes debug information.
> Daniel

Could we have debug info as separate file ? If this would be possible I 
could create release stripped EXE and yet be able to obtain unit/line of 
exception combining stacktrace numeric output with correct debug info file


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