macdeployqt & debug binaries
In some form I have been working with Qt since 2014. A couple years ago I took over as lead on a Qt project and noticed something weird. I could never get breakpoints to work on macOS. After spending a day or two on the problem with no luck, I moved on to more important things, falling back on log messages.
Today I was in another project and looking at
macdeployqt’s help and I noticed this:
-no-strip Don't run 'strip' on the binaries
Even though the Qt project had long been given to another team, I pulled the latest code from the repo and built it. I confirmed that breakpoints still didn’t work and then added the
-no-strip option. Voila! Breakpoints worked!
It seems like bad design that by default a tool would remove functionality from a binary when its job is to package that binary. I also wonder does the counterpart,
windeployqt do something similar?