certain C programs that iam trying to re-engg use a lot of non-descriptive variable names. for eg:- most int's are 'i', filehandlers are 'fh' etc. what i want to do is give more descriptive variable names. however the catch is that the size of the new executable should not be greater than the previous one. so the question is
"how do the variable names and consequently the size of the symbol table affect the executable size ? Is there any way one can shrink the symbol table?"
i'd appreciate if you can point me to some info about the sym T's.