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bug #29730: Build attempt when typing 'make distclean' twice

Submitted by:  Quentin Mathé <qmathe>
Submitted on:  Sat 01 May 2010 03:16:59 PM UTC  
Category: MakefilesSeverity: 2 - Minor
Item Group: BugStatus: None
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: Open

Sat 08 May 2010 02:10:02 PM UTC, comment #2:

ok, I understand the problem better. I agree that the fix can wait since it is a small issue.

To be precise… The annoying case is when you type 'make distclean' just before leaving a project directory and later on you return to this directory. When you return, you might type 'svn up && make distclean' to be sure you start on a clean base, but right at this point you get stuck as you described.

Quentin Mathé <qmathe>
Project Member
Tue 04 May 2010 01:06:00 PM UTC, comment #1:

Thanks Quentin

yes, that's a "known" issue in gnustep-base's makefiles/configure. It's time to fix it :-)

It works that way because the GNUmakefiles are partially generated by ./configure, so you need to do a full ./configure before you can run any targets - including 'distclean'.

That makes sense for building or installing, but for 'distclean' it doesn't make that much sense. I find it annoying when you can't complete the ./configure (eg, missing dependency), and you're stuck as you can't go forward and can't even go back to a distclean state because distclean itself requires configure.

There are a number of possible solutions, but I'd need to think a bit. It's not an urgent issue though, may even be prudent to fix it after the release.

Suggestions (if anyone has any) are welcome. :-)


Nicola Pero <nico>
Project Member
Sat 01 May 2010 03:16:59 PM UTC, original submission:

If I build and clean GNUstep Base svn trunk with:
./configure && make && make distclean && make distclean

The last 'make distclean' invocation appear to re-run ./configure when I expect it to do nothing.

I haven't tested it, but I suppose the same issue exists in GNUstep GUI and Back.


Quentin Mathé <qmathe>
Project Member


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