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dh_make debian/rules clean target

dh_make puts this into the debian/rules clean target:

    -$(MAKE) distclean
    -test -r /usr/share/misc/config.sub && \
        cp -f /usr/share/misc/config.sub config.sub
    -test -r /usr/share/misc/config.guess && \
        cp -f /usr/share/misc/config.guess config.guess

first of all, am i right in assuming (empirically) that a leading
hyphen causes make not to fail if the command exits with non-zero?

and second, what are these /usr/share/misc/config.* files, and why are
they precopied to a package. i don't have those files on my system,
and i noticed no problems. are they there to speed up the configure
run by giving some answers that are global to the systems?

martin;              (greetings from the heart of the sun.)
  \____ echo mailto: !#^."<*>"|tr "<*> mailto:"; net@madduck
dazed and confused, but trying to continue.

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