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Re: A target that's even more bootstrap?

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: A target that's even more bootstrap?
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 17:32:22 +0200
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Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> > AFAIK, the issue at hand is not the speed, the issue is to know what
>> > generated files get deleted.  Some builds require a specific target
>> > from this list to be run before the build.  For example, if you weant
>> > to reconfigure from scratch, you want distclean.
>> distclean does not remove the generated charset map files or the .elc
>> files.  But it does delete the .o files.  Very confusing.  
> Why is this confusing?  distclean brings you to the state you are in
> after unpacking a release tarball (a.k.a. "distribution").  The
> tarball definitely includes the generated charset map files, so
> distclean does its job correctly in this case.  The description of
> distclean in the top-level Makefile.in says as much; if you think the
> text there is not clear enough, we can improve it.

The confusing bit (for me) was that you said "if you want to reconfigure
from scratch".  :-)  It's not very a very scratchey target.

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