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

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: RFC: ./configure or ./config.status --clean
Date: 04 Apr 2002 12:39:22 +0200
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>>>>> "Russ" == Russ Allbery <address@hidden> writes:

Russ> Akim Demaille <address@hidden> writes:
>> You miss one point: killing this impedance problem.  When Autoconf
>> adds new files, e.g., autom4te.cache, Automake is immediately
>> obsoleted, because it does not remove this file.

Russ> That's not exactly a horrible failure mode.  

Russ, you are member of this list, and as such, your opinion is not
that of a regular naive user.  Sure you can answer to me that you need
to be an expert to use Autoconf, but then, I'm precisely trying to
kill this.

Russ> People can just add it to the list of files to clean.  

No, people _have to_.

Russ> The important part is to somewhere document the list of files
Russ> that configure can create so that people who don't want to use
Russ> Automake can add them to the makefile rules that they prefer to
Russ> maintain by hand.

I don't agree.  The important part is that I, as a maintainer of the
foo package, focus on my task, and be relieved of all these stupid
details.   It has to work for me, not the converse.

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