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[bugs #12064] make distclean deletes a distributed file

From: anonymous
Subject: [bugs #12064] make distclean deletes a distributed file
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 04:07:11 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #2, bugs #12064 (project findutils):

(From Martin Buchholz)

I cvs'ed the distribution and

followed the instructions in README-CVS (for the first time).

Unfortunately, I couldn't perform my test, because

configure; make distclean

failed as follows

make[1]: Entering directory `/home/martin/src/findutils/findutils/gnulib'

Making distclean in m4


make[2]: Entering directory `/home/martin/src/findutils/findutils/gnulib/m4'

Makefile:289: *** missing separator.  Stop.

make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/martin/src/findutils/findutils/gnulib/m4'

make[1]: *** [distclean-recursive] Error 1

make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/martin/src/findutils/findutils/gnulib'

Looking at gnulib/m4/Makefile.in, I see:

.PHONY: all all-am check check-am clean clean-generic distclean \

        distclean-generic distdir dvi dvi-am info info-am install \

        install-am install-data install-data-am install-exec \

        install-exec-am install-info install-info-am install-man \

        install-strip installcheck installcheck-am installdirs \

        maintainer-clean maintainer-clean-generic mostlyclean \

        mostlyclean-generic pdf pdf-am ps ps-am uninstall uninstall-am \


alloca.m4 \


The obvious thing to do was to add two missing backslashes.


configure; make distclean

gives the desired result (regex.c not deleted).

And I confirmed that no other file was deleted,

and that all the generated files are also part of

the distribution tarball.

So findutils is now distclean-clean, at least on Linux.

Could you file a (serious) bug against gnulib?


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