[vlc-devel] [PATCH 3/5] contrib: add an option to generate PDB files

Steve Lhomme robux4 at ycbcr.xyz
Thu May 16 10:21:57 CEST 2019

On 2019-05-16 10:16, Martin Storsjö wrote:
> On Thu, 16 May 2019, Steve Lhomme wrote:
>> Only supported by contribs using libtool
>> Only output for programs and shared libraries (EXE and DLL), in .a 
>> archives the
>> symbols are in the the each .o files. They are aggregated when a .dll 
>> or .exe
>> is generated with them.
> As contribs for windows mainly build static archives (the built target 
> executables aren't really used, and normally no DLLs are built), is 
> there any actual need to patch libtool at all, and try to generate PDB 
> files for these libs? For building just static libraries that contribute 
> the right kind of debug info, wouldn't just the -gcodeview flag be enough?

Technically yes, static libraries don't have a PDB. But there are a few 
.exe that we build. It may be useful to debug them if needed. IMO it 
doesn't do any harm and can be useful.

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