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Re: A target that's even more bootstrap?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: A target that's even more bootstrap?
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:20:31 -0400
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> Perhaps it is worth considering the opposite approach. Currently, we
> have
> mostlyclean
> clean
> distclean
> maintainer-clean
> extraclean
> bootstrap-clean

FWIW, my main problem with the above is that their name doesn't actually
say what they do, so I never know which one to use.
I find those names unusually obscure.

> The the irregular hyphenation is a bit odd. But, in addition, I would
> guess that many of these levels (maintainer-clean, extraclean and
> bootstrap-clean) are really only there to save time; with parallel
> builds and faster machines I wonder how many of these are
> actually needed.

FWIW none of my machines have gotten any faster over the last 10 years.


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