Why is distclean called distclean?

AJ ONeal coolaj86 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 11:36:21 MST 2013


That's the one. Thanks!

On Sunday, February 10, 2013, Joshua Marsh wrote:

> Are you referring to the make targets in automake?
>
> I think it is called "distclean" because it is related to "dist". 'make
> clean' only removes files made by 'make' or 'make all'. 'make distclean'
> will also remove all the files made by ./configure. So in a way, it's
> preparing the directories for distribution. When you 'make dist', you don't
> want to package up files ./configure made. It's common before making a
> release to do something like:
>
> make distcheck
> make distclean
> make dist
>
> I haven't used automake in a year or so though, so my memory may be fuzzy.
>
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM, AJ ONeal <coolaj86 at gmail.com<javascript:;>>
> wrote:
>
> > I know what it does, I just don't get what the "dist" prefix means.
> >
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