[ros-users] release vs relwithdebinfo

Kevin Watts watts at willowgarage.com
Tue Feb 22 19:18:29 UTC 2011

I think the debug symbols are worth the extra 270MB of space.

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Radu Bogdan Rusu <rusu at willowgarage.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> This question is mainly for our ROS PCL users, as that's the only forum
> where we provide binaries for PCL (via DEB
> packages)...
> We did some tests yesterday and we discovered that in its default
> "RelWithDebInfo" configuration, the perception_pcl
> stack libraries occupy around 300MB, due to the explicit template
> instantiations that we do there. (More on how to
> improve this for 2.0 later.) However, when changed to "Release", the entire
> think dropped to 30MB or so.
> Right now we have no way to change between the two modes while we build the
> debian packages (we could create a ticket
> for that if we feel it's necessary), so we have to select one or the other.
> Do folks here have any preferences? If you're doing development, and you're
> missing out on debug information, it might
> be hard to trace bugs. And PCL can be buggy -- "stable" means the API is
> locked, not that we solved all our bugs :)
> However, is the archive size is important, and you would like to apt-get
> install less stuff, going to Release will
> shrink down the files by an order of magnitude.
> Suggestions? Ideas?
> Thanks,
> Radu.
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