make distclean target

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Sun Sep 12 12:05:52 CEST 2004

Maarten Boekhold wrote:
>>> Shouldn't the distclean target also delete the aclocal.m4 file from 
>>> the top_srcdir? (at least for libxfce4util it doesn't do that now).
>> No, because aclocal.m4 cannot be regenerated w/o having the autotools 
>> (autoconf in this case) installed. distclean should only cleanup stuff 
>> that can be regenerated by configure w/o the help of autotools.
> Is aclocal.m4 actually used by configure? I thought it was just used to 
> *generate* configure...
> Reason I asked is that I patched my local version of libtool (see 
> "problems compiling libxfce4util" thread), and ./ didn't 
> automatically update aclocal.m4 unless I first manually deleted it...

For the archive: export ACLOCAL_FLAGS="--force" prior to 
fixes this problem, but don't this in general, use only if you really 
need to override aclocal.m4.

> Maarten


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