[gst-devel] make clean didn't

Thomas Vander Stichele thomas at urgent.rug.ac.be
Wed Sep 25 07:09:03 CEST 2002

> > And this would leave you with the right structure.
> > 
> > So, I am against adding this rule, especially since the only thing it 
> > solves is a special case for someone developing in cvs mode only, and not 
> > generally useful.  In fact, it will probably cause problems anyway in 
> > different auto* uses.
> I'm inclined to agree with Joshua, actually. Building from cvs is not
> all that uncommon, and it's really quite a simple addition.

The uncommon about it is in the reconfiguring with less plugins, and the 
number of times that you actually need to do this.  If you reconfigure 
your source tree five times a day, then yes, this could be useful.  But 
how many people here developing for cvs reconfigure their cvs tree that 
often with having less plug-ins as a goal ?
Since this is something that only happens once or twice (if not, then I'm 
wondering what exactly you're doing) you're just as well off just 
executing the command once.
> I cannot
> think of a situation in which 'rm -rf `find . -name .libs -print`' from
> a dir with a Makefile, following a make clean, would cause problems.

Me neither.  Then again, I couldn't think of situations were all of the 
hacks we added to make this tree build before that one or to generate 
those types of images from the given types of .figs would fail, until we 
got a bug report telling us "non-srcdir builds are horked" and I spent 
about two weeks trying to figure out, together with that guy's help, what 
exactly was the goal and how this should be done properly.

That's why I'm all for letting the tools do their work as much as 
possible, and avoid the hidden "cost" of adding hacks that might seem like 
a good idea at first.  

That doesn't mean it's my decision to add this or not though, just stating 
my views on it.



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