Binary Size

Binary Size


Here at my work I am stuck with a problem... We have a bunch of fortran codes compiled with the ifort compiler for linux. When we try to compile a code in different user accounts, we get binaries with different sizes! For example, the user A and the user B have their accounts. The user A tries to compile the program test.f90 and the user B do the same. Both uses the same line to compile the program. Both get success when its done, but they get different results!
So, I would like to know from you what can be happening? Could be the environment variables that are configured in their accounts? Could be the version of the compiler?
I know that this question may depend on the system the we are working, but in a general way, what can be happening?
Does anybody have any clue?
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For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.

There are many things included in the header section of an executable (or object file). Timestamps, for instance, mean that there will be differences. Also, if you use -parallel or -openmp in the compilation, there will be path information in the headers to be used by Intel performance tools. You can disable this if you like:

If you use the 12.0 Composer XE 2011 compiler and -parallel-source-info- option, I would not expect too large of a difference.


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