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James E Keenan via RT
August 1, 2013 00:38
[perl #38307] make clean with 5.8.8-RC1
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On Tue Jul 30 08:38:01 2013, doughera wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 04:13:49PM -0700, "James E Keenan via RT" wrote:
> > Fergal, Nicholas:  Please review the patch to INSTALL attached.
> Thank you for following up on this old ticket.  
> I have applied the following patch to INSTALL to document what the
> make clean target actually does.  Whether or not that's useful depends
> on what the user is trying to do.  This does not solve the original
> poster's problem that 'make clean' might attempt to build perl as part
> of the cleanup process, but I don't see anyway to solve that problem.
> ('make realclean' suffers from the same problem, so my comment earlier
> on this ticket about clean vs. realclean was not relevant.)
> commit c23a69e83f410b43450b9f1e9696d04795aae758
> Author: Andy Dougherty <>
> Date:   Tue Jul 30 10:57:32 2013 -0400
>     Mention the  'make clean' makefile target [perl #38307].
>     Mention the 'make clean' target in INSTALL.  It cleans up a lot,
>     but not everything.  Since perl is used extensively in its own
>     build process, it may involve attempting to build perl in order
>     to clean up.  Alternatively, we could just make 'clean' an
>     alias for 'realclean'.
> diff --git a/INSTALL b/INSTALL
> index c4d2247..4a141eb 100644
> --- a/INSTALL
> +++ b/INSTALL
> @@ -2271,7 +2271,9 @@ or
>  	make realclean
>  The only difference between the two is that make distclean also removes
> -your old and files.
> +your old and files.  (A plain 'make clean' will not
> +delete the makefiles used for rebuilding perl, and will also not delete
> +a number of library and utility files extracted during the build
>  If you are upgrading from a previous version of perl, or if you
>  change systems or compilers or make other significant changes, or if

Since there have been no complaints about Andy's patch, I am closing
this ticket -- after a mere 7-1/2 years :-( .

Thank you very much.
Jim Keenan

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