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Re: Shouldn't the definition of maintainer-clean be changed?

From: Benoit Sigoure
Subject: Re: Shouldn't the definition of maintainer-clean be changed?
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 22:42:09 +0100
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Quoting Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden>:

Hello everyone,

First, please be aware of another thread discussing a similar topic:

* Benoit Sigoure wrote on Mon, Mar 19, 2007 at 12:39:32PM CET:
In a first time, I'm trying to implement --clean in
autoreconf/aclocal/autoconf/autoheader/automake (maybe in autopoint too?
I've discovered this tool yesterday when reading the code of

Again, please look at the gnulib thread, and avoid doing work twice.

Then I'm thinking of implementing a target such as "bootclean" that
would do maintainer-clean + un-bootstrap.

The "bootstrap" name is another thing open to discussion.  FWIW, I don't
care enough, but at least for the autotools packages themselves, the
name makes sense: they do solve some kind of chicken and egg problem.

Here is a first patch proposal that adds a --clean option to autoreconf,
autoconf, autoheader, aclocal, automake and libtoolize.

I don't know if I was meant to send this mail to the <project>-patches mailing
lists since it isn't something that will be applied but really a simple
proposal. Since it's the first time I actually hack these things, comments from
code reviewers are welcome.

There is more work to be done: filling ChangeLog/NEWS entries, documenting this
in manuals, supporting autopoint and maybe some other auto<stuff> I might have
omitted, and most important I think: adding tests (new feature = new bugs =>
new tests).

Also I noticed that there is one thing that remains after a autoreconf --clean:
the autom4te.cache directory. But I don't quite know at which stage and which
tool ought to remove it.


SIGOURE Benoit aka Tsuna
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