When a program shares a set of Ada packages with other programs, it may happen that this program uses only a fraction of the subprograms defined in these packages. The code created for these unused subprograms increases the size of the executable.
gnatelim tracks unused subprograms in an Ada program and
outputs a list of GNAT-specific pragmas
Eliminate marking all the
subprograms that are declared but never called. By placing the list of
Eliminate pragmas in the GNAT configuration file gnat.adc and
recompiling your program, you may decrease the size of its executable,
because the compiler will not generate the code for 'eliminated' subprograms.
See Pragma Eliminate, for more
information about this pragma.
gnatelim needs as its input data the name of the main subprogram
and a bind file for a main subprogram.
To create a bind file for
the main subprogram.
gnatelim can work with both Ada and C
bind files; when both are present, it uses the Ada bind file.
The following commands will build the program and create the bind file:
$ gnatmake -c Main_Prog $ gnatbind main_prog
gnatelim needs neither object nor ALI files.