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Re: RFC: ./configure or ./config.status --clean

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: RFC: ./configure or ./config.status --clean
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2002 20:17:39 -0800
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Roger Leigh <address@hidden> writes:

> The average user won't know this.  Subsequent recursive targets called
> from the top-level will now fail due to the missing Makefile, so it
> seems of dubious value to me too.

Not all distclean targets remove the Makefile.  Not all of us use
Automake.  The ability to remove autoconf-generated files in a
subdirectory is still useful, at least to me.  Usually for things like
version-control operations or the like.

But I'm guessing I probably won't be able to use the new support anyway,
given the underlying assumptions, so it probably doesn't make a lot of
difference.  I just hope that the Autoconf documentation will describe the
files that could potentially be created for those of us who will still
need to write our own makefiles.

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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