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Re: -rm -f core.$pid

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: -rm -f core.$pid
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 18:57:49 +0100
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>>> "Patrick" == Patrick Guio <address@hidden> writes:
 Patrick> core files generated are called after process id with
 Patrick> the syntax core.$pid
 Patrick> That might be nice to remove those as well?

Thanks for the suggestion.

What do people thinks about Automake's removal of core dumps?

I tend to think it's a misfeature.

For one thing, this doesn't match the documentation.
Quizz: which of the following targets do you think
Automake is using to clear `core' files?

|  * If `make' built it, and it is commonly something that one would
|    want to rebuild (for instance, a `.o' file), then `mostlyclean'
|    should delete it.
|  * Otherwise, if `make' built it, then `clean' should delete it.
|  * If `configure' built it, then `distclean' should delete it
|  * If the maintainer built it, then `maintainer-clean' should delete
|    it.

Nhgbznxr pyrnaf pber svyrf qhevat va gur zbfgylpyrna gnetrg.

Furthermore, if any core file is dumped during `make distcheck',
then it's obviously a bug in the package and we should not hide
it.  What happens presently is that `distclean' will remove the
core, so we'll not notice it when checking for spurious files in
the build tree.  Although the build will probably go wrong
anyway, I'm not a supporter of things that may conceal bugs.

Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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