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From Cliff Woolley <>
Subject RE: [PATCH] RE: make distclean doesn't
Date Fri, 31 Aug 2001 17:42:33 GMT
On Fri, 31 Aug 2001, Charles Randall wrote:

> From: Justin Erenkrantz []
> >FWIW, we should not remove the config.nice files or certain generated
> >files (exports.c seems to come to mind) under any circumstances.  We
> >also don't remove because it is like a Makefile (which we
> >don't seem to remove).

The Makefiles _are_ removed by make distclean.  I don't know why the isn't.

config.nice should be kept because it possibly represents a lot of
configuration effort by the user.  If they want to overwrite it, fine...
all they have to do is call ./configure with different parameters.  But
keeping it is a Good Thing IMO.  I use it after distcleans and even
extracleans all the time.  It's invaluable.

> Hmm. Am I the only one who assumes that "make distclean" is supposed to
> return the directory structure to the state of distribution?

That's true.  Give or take the config.nice thing.


   Cliff Woolley
   Charlottesville, VA

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