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The GNU Makefile Standards specify a number of different clean rules. See See section `Standard Targets for Users' in The GNU Coding Standards.
Generally the files that can be cleaned are determined automatically by
Automake. Of course, Automake also recognizes some variables that can
be defined to specify additional files to clean. These variables are
As the GNU Standards aren't always explicit as to which files should be removed by which target, we've adopted a heuristic which we believe was first formulated by François Pinard:
makebuilt it, and it is commonly something that one would want to rebuild (for instance, a `.o' file), then
mostlycleanshould delete it.
makebuilt it, then
cleanshould delete it.
configurebuilt it, then
distcleanshould delete it
maintainer-cleanshould delete it.
We recommend that you follow this same set of heuristics in your `Makefile.am'.
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