Why is distclean called distclean?

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 11:28:36 MST 2013

On 02/10/2013 11:15 AM, AJ ONeal wrote:
> I know what it does, I just don't get what the "dist" prefix means.

It stands for "distribution."  "distclean" prepares the source tree for
distribution.  So all the auto-generated files are removed, as well as
building temporary objects.  Then you can tar it all up and it will
configure cleanly on any other target system.

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