Provided by: debhelper_9.20120115ubuntu3_all bug


       dh_strip - strip executables, shared libraries, and some static libraries


       dh_strip [debhelperĀ options] [-Xitem] [--dbg-package=package] [--keep-debug]


       dh_strip is a debhelper program that is responsible for stripping executables, shared
       libraries, and static libraries that are not used for debugging.

       This program examines your package build directories and works out what to strip on its
       own. It uses file(1) and file permissions and filenames to figure out what files are
       shared libraries (*.so), executable binaries, and static (lib*.a) and debugging libraries
       (lib*_g.a, debug/*.so), and strips each as much as is possible. (Which is not at all for
       debugging libraries.) In general it seems to make very good guesses, and will do the right
       thing in almost all cases.

       Since it is very hard to automatically guess if a file is a module, and hard to determine
       how to strip a module, dh_strip does not currently deal with stripping binary modules such
       as .o files.


       -Xitem, --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from being stripped. You
           may use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to exclude.

           Causes dh_strip to save debug symbols stripped from the packages it acts on as
           independent files in the package build directory of the specified debugging package.

           For example, if your packages are libfoo and foo and you want to include a foo-dbg
           package with debugging symbols, use dh_strip --dbg-package=foo-dbg.

           Note that this option behaves significantly different in debhelper compatibility
           levels 4 and below. Instead of specifying the name of a debug package to put symbols
           in, it specifies a package (or packages) which should have separated debug symbols,
           and the separated symbols are placed in packages with -dbg added to their name.

       -k, --keep-debug
           Debug symbols will be retained, but split into an independent file in usr/lib/debug/
           in the package build directory. --dbg-package is easier to use than this option, but
           this option is more flexible.


       If the DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS environment variable contains nostrip, nothing will be stripped,
       in accordance with Debian policy (section 10.1 "Binaries").


       Debian policy, version 3.0.1



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>