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footprints — summarize information from compiler footprint records


/usr/ccs/bin/footprints [-V] [-v] [-w] filename...


The footprints command scans the named object files, analyzes the compiler footprint records stored in those files, and generates a summary report. This report is intended for use by HP support and lab engineers to assist in problem diagnosis.

The report contains the following information:

  • Total number of compilation units found.

  • Earliest and latest compiler timestamp, and the linker timestamp (if available).

  • Total size of text and data segments.

  • List of compiler versions used, with number of compilation units compiled with each version.

  • List of options used, with number of compilation units compiled with each option setting. This list is separated into two groups, with the most interesting options in the first group, followed by all remaining options alphabetized in the second group.

The following file types are recognized:

  • Executable files and shared libraries.

    The footprints command will attempt to find all dependent, non-system shared libraries and will print a separate report for each shared library. If the LD_LIBRARY_PATH or SHLIB_PATH environment variable is set, it will search for dependent libraries in the directories listed in the environment variable (if LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set, SHLIB_PATH will be ignored). It will also use the embedded search path in the object file. If a shared library cannot be located, a diagnostic will be printed and execution will continue.

  • Archive libraries.

    The footprints command will scan each object file member of the archive.

  • Relocatable object files.

    The footprints command will scan the named object files.

The footprints command supports SOM and ELF object file formats, 32-bit and 64-bit code, and PA-RISC and Integrity systems. It supports compiler footprints produced by the HP C and C++ compilers. Compilation units produced by other compilers may not be reflected in the summary.


The footprints command recognizes the following options:


Print the version number and quit.


Verbose mode: prints detail information about each compilation unit found.


Prints warnings for possible compatibility problems. Currently, it prints a warning for any compilation units built for Integrity systems with a C/C++ compiler earlier than Version A.05.50. Warnings are printed to stderr with three asterisks at the beginning of the line.


The following example shows the beginning of a typical summary report:

Scanning /usr/bin/ksh ... Compiler footprint summary Number of compilation units: 51 Earliest compiler timestamp: N/A Latest compiler timestamp: N/A Linker timestamp: 15-Jul-2006 13:07 UTC Total size: 425.8K (text) 24.8K (data) version [A.06.11/ANSI C 51] architecture [ipf32 51] -O [01 1] [02 50] PBO [off 51] -g [off 51] debugopt [off 51] +Ointeger_overflow [moderate 51] +Olit [const 51] +eh [off 51] -fpeval [float 51] -inline [1 1] [2 50] -link_type [dynamic 51] -mt [(off) 51] -rodata [cond 51] ...

The version line shows that all 51 compilation units were compiled with Version A.06.11 of the ANSI C compiler. The architecture line shows that the application was compiled for Integrity systems (Itanium(R) Product Family) in the 32-bit data model.

The -O line shows that one compilation unit was compiled at the default level of optimization (level 01), and the other 50 were compiled at level 02. According to the PBO line, all 51 were compiled without profile-based optimization.

The -g line shows that no compilation units were compiled with the symbolic debug option. Otherwise, the debugopt line would show the number of compilation units compiled with various combinations of symbolic debug and higher optimization levels.

For on/off options like -mt, settings listed in parentheses represent a default setting not overridden by a compiler option.

Many of the options in the footprint record do not correspond directly to a command-line compiler switch, or have a different spelling, and are included in this report for use by HP support and lab engineers. See cc(1) for a description of supported command-line switches.


footprints was developed by HP.


cc(1), elfdump(1), odump(1).

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