[Lazarus] Large program size - 1.8 MB for empty GUI project

Игорь Ткаченко tkachenko.igor at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 11:18:16 CEST 2009

Hello Felipe,

Yes, I know that "size isn't a big deal in a real world", but this is 
correct just for some kind of GUI applications. From version to version 
LCL application executables grows in size. What size of empty 
applications will produce Lazarus in 2 years? 5 MBs or 10 MBs? :) If LCL 
executables became so large in size Lazarus and LCL will became 
inappropriate tool for a part of applications - for system utilities.

I'm developing system utilities (http://safelyremove.com/, 
http://lockhunter.com/) and I know from feedback that users of such 
system tools expect to see small executables rather than big 
executables.  If a system tool like ours have size larger than 2 MBs (it 
can be easiliy achieved by adding a few forms) we will start to receive 
letters with questions: "Why your program have so big executable? Have 
you added some malware there?".

Of course the most important matter for system utilities is their  
memory consumption, it's worring users much more often, however a size 
of executables is also a big deal for such tools.

If a thing debated 1 million times before this means this is a VERY BIG 
DEAL and required by many others :)

Felipe Monteiro de Carvalho wrote:
> The application is not empty. If you check the symbols inside the
> application you will see that almost all LCL components are added, and
> PNG support, XML library, etc, etc, etc, even if not used. The
> smartlinking is simply not yet good enought to remove those parts.
> This isn't such a big deal because hello world applications are
> useless, in real world applications you will need to use multiple
> components, have graphics support, use xml, etc, and those are already
> there, so your EXE size won't grow when you need them.
> And this has been debated 1 million times before, please search in the
> mailling list archives.

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