I have some compiled libraries on x86 Linux and I want to quickly determine whether they were compiled with debugging symbols.
If you're running on Linux, use 'objdump --debugging'. There should be an entry for each object file in the library. For object files without debugging symbols, you'll see something like:
objdump --debugging libvoidincr.a In archive libvoidincr.a: voidincr.o: file format elf64-x86-64
If there are debugging symbols, the output will be much more verbose.