release vs. debug binaries?

A Webb
  • A Webb

    A Webb - 2001-07-16

    what is the difference btw release and debug binaries?  what does that mean?

    • Ron Forrester

      Ron Forrester - 2001-08-06

      Debug binaries contain extra information needed by debuggers like gdb, which allow programmers to trace and find problems in the code, this makes them bigger and generally slower.

      The release binaries are optimized for speed and size by the compiler, and do not contain the extra information, making them smaller and generally faster.



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