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general source package question

When is it a bug for a source package to have configure output 
like 'config.h' and 'config.status' already present? 

I think this can cause trouble when the package maintainer's system 
differs from the system of the package compiler with regard to e.g. 
libraries or kernel versions. Furthermore, this will certainly cause 
trouble in the future, when Debian sources are used for a non-intel 

On the other hand, some sources need to have a 'config.h' present,
since they have an interactive configuration (e.g. netbase's
net-tools, which has a kernel-like configuration).

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