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WHen installing software, after compiling by using "make" command, some asks to "make clean". Some does not ask it.
WHat does "make clean" do? Will it cause any problem if I "make clean", when installation instructions don't state to "make clean"? Thanks.
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clean is an entry in the makefile.

Read your makefile, look for the 'clean' rules and verifies what it does.

Normally a clean action will remove everything that is build. (e.g objects, programs).

If some installation program asks it, the y normally remove all unneeded files, and just leave executable (and maybe the original sources)
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