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Re: Built-in target to delete all generated files

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Built-in target to delete all generated files
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:00:07 -0600
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On 04/30/2010 03:53 AM, Steffen Dettmer wrote:
> Hi,
> why would someone want to check in derived files like configure
> and Makefile? Because someone might not have autotools? Why not
> also checking in objects and libs in case someone might not have
> a compiler installed?

There's a difference between machine-independent files that belong in
the tarballs (configure, and machine-dependent files that
must not go in the tarballs (config.status, Makefile, *.o).  If you want
to check in generated files to ease the life of others building from VCS
without having to have all the autotools, then only check in the
machine-independent files.  But if you use autoconf itself as the
example, autoconf.git does _not_ check in any generated files, even if
they are machine-independent; you have to bootstrap autoconf.git by
pre-installing autoconf from a tarball.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library

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