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    SubjectRe: dontdiff has unfixable problems
    On Thu, Aug 24, 2000 at 01:48:34PM -0500, Michael Elizabeth Chastain wrote:
    > This came up at the kbuild birds-of-a-feather meeting at Linux
    > World Expo last week.
    >
    > Here's my thought for 2.5: all, and I mean *all*, generated files
    > should match a small *documented* set of patterns. Something on
    > the order of:
    >
    > -X '*.[osi]' -X 'Generated/'

    so which are autogenerated files ? only those generated during the build
    process or things like drivers/char/defkeymap.c as well ?

    > This would enable "make clean" to be small and simple. More importantly,
    > it would allow people to create "dontdiff" files, .cvsignore files,
    > and any other source management files that they want.

    I think it would be more important to allow building outside of the source
    directory - it seems to work reasonably well for gcc, glibc, and binutils,
    and it would solve the generated files problem nicely (not that having
    consistent names wouldn't be nice as well).
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