# [ros-dev] Proposal to change .sym files

Ge van Geldorp gvg at reactos.com
Thu Feb 3 00:26:41 CET 2005

(Original message here:
http://reactos.com:8080/archives/public/ros-dev/2005-January/001457.html too
long to quote)

It seems most people liked the idea of getting rid of the .sym files and
incorporate the symbolic information into the PE files. So, that's what
happens now.

rsym will now take a file.nostrip.ext, create the ReactOS symbolic info,
strip unneeded sections (.stab and .stabstr), strip COFF symbols, fixup the
relocation entries, add the ReactOS symbolic info as a .rossym section and
write the output to file.ext. The .sym files are gone. Since this gets rid
of the second link sequence we did before to obtain file.ext, the build is
even a little bit faster now.

It's a bigger change than I expected when I started on it. I've done a lot
of testing in the last few days, but it is entirely possible that I missed
something. If so, let me know and I'll try to fix it asap.

You can delete any files in \reactos\symbols (and remove that directory). A
"make clean" is in order after "svn up".

Gé van Geldorp.