Re: Best practice for cleaning autotools-generated files?
On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM, Andreas Tille <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Sorry, I was not precise. I also regard Makefile.in and configure (and
> files which are used by configure to run properly) as useful in an
> upstream tarball. However, files like config.log etc. should be cleaned
Agreed. That would usually not be something that would cause enough
problems for a new tar.gz to be warranted though.
> I mean cases were the process:
> tar -xzf *.orig.tar.gz
> cd <upstream-dir>
> make clean (or make distclean whatever is used)
> leads to a different directory layout than it is provided in the
> tarball. For sure I would try to contact upstream but this does not
> always work (dead upstream, unresponsive upstream).
> Simply rebuilding the cleaned source as orig.tar.gz would be a quite
> simple way to handle issues like this.
> If you try to build the source twice in a row you get a diff to the
> original tarball. This should be avoided.
I would just have `debian/rules clean` remove the (re-)generated files
as per usual.