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    SubjectRe: Why 'mrproper'?
    On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Andries Brouwer wrote:

    > On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 08:55:25AM -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
    > > Having started out on the four floppy MCC "distribution" of Linux,
    > > building kernels clean with 'make distclean,' can someone provide a quick
    > > historical note as to what mrproper buys? A quick look at the tree after
    > > each didn't tell me much.
    > Funny that you ask this question first now.

    It came to me as I was looking for something else in 2.4.19. Notably that
    "make backup" backs up "linux" even though the tar file now unpacks into
    linux-2.4.19. That looks kind of like a problem waiting to bite some
    kernel developer.

    > mrproper came in 0.99p7
    > distclean came in 0.99p14 as a synonym for mrproper.

    It certainly isn't such now, it does a good bit more. Anyway, I have my
    bit of history for the day, thanks all!

    bill davidsen <>
    CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
    Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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