/PDBSTRIPPED (Strip Private Symbols)




  • pdb_file_name
    A user-specified name for the stripped program database (PDB) that the linker creates.


The /PDBSTRIPPED option creates a second program database (PDB) file when you build your program image with any of the compiler or linker options that generate a PDB file (/DEBUG, /Z7, /Zd, or /Zi). This second PDB file omits symbols that you would not want to ship to your customers. The second PDB file will only contain:

  • Public symbols

  • The list of object files and the portions of the executable to which they contribute

  • Frame pointer optimization (FPO) debug records used to traverse the stack

The stripped PDB file will not contain:

  • Type information

  • Line number information

  • Per-object file CodeView symbols such as those for functions, locals, and static data

The full PDB file will still be generated when you use /PDBSTRIPPED.

If you do not create a PDB file, /PDBSTRIPPED is ignored.

To set this linker option in the Visual Studio development environment

  1. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see Setting Visual C++ Project Properties.

  2. Click the Linker folder.

  3. Click the Debug property page.

  4. Modify the Strip Private Symbols property.

To set this linker option programmatically

See Also


Setting Linker Options

Linker Options