Re: Why 'mrproper'?

From: Bill Davidsen (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 18:28:19 EST

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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