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       dh_dwz - optimize DWARF debug information in ELF binaries via dwz


       dh_dwz [debhelper options] [-Xitem] [-- params]


       dh_dwz is a debhelper program that will optimize the (uncompressed) size of the DWARF
       debug information in ELF binaries.  It does so by running dwz(1) on all the ELF binaries
       in the package.


       --dwz-multifile, --no-dwz-multifile
           Whether dwz(1) should generate a multifile from the ELF binaries in the same package.
           When enabled, if a package ships at least 2 ELF binaries, dh_dwz will instruct dwz(1)
           to generate a multifile for the package.

           By default, dh_dwz will attempt to create a multifile but will continue without if
           dwz(1) does not create one (but succeeds anyway).  This commonly happens when the
           debug files do not contain debug symbols (e.g. a missing -g to the compiler) or when
           the debug symbols are compressed (see Debian bug #931891).  If --dwz-multifile is
           passed, then dh_dwz will abort with an error if dwz(1) does not create a multifile.

           Note this options may not work if a package contains more ELF binaries than can fit on
           a single command line.  If this becomes a problem, please pass --no-dwz-multifile to
           work around the issue.

           The generated multifile will be compressed with objcopy --compress-debug-sections.

           Note for udeb packages: dh_dwz will never generate multifiles for udeb packages.  It
           will still use dwz to reduce the file size of debug files if it finds any.

       -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.

       -- params
           Pass params to dwz(1) when it processes ELF binaries.  This is mostly useful for
           setting memory related parameters (e.g. -l and -L).


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

       While this tool technically does not remove debug information from binaries, it is still
       skipped when the DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS environment variable contains nostrip.  This is because
       nostrip is often used to optimize build times (e.g. for "build and test"-cycles) rather
       than optimizing for size.



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Niels Thykier <>