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Old 01-31-2005, 03:17 AM   #1
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what is the difference between make distclean and make clean?

Hi all,
I would like to ask a question as titled..


Old 01-31-2005, 11:14 PM   #2
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Have a look at:

Basically, if "make" built it, "make clean" will delete it. If "./configure" built it, "make distclean" will delete it.

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Old 08-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #3
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The link is "lyle_s"'s post above is broken.

I think this is the correct link.

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Old 08-28-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
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the short answer is
make clean -- will delete almost all files made by ./configure and make
make distclean ( this dose not work on ALL programs but most ) will remove ALL files made by ./configure and ALL files made by make
try this link

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