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Autotools create quite a lot of build artifacts, which shouldn't get uploaded to repositories. Populating the VCS-specific ignore files in every project using Autotools is cumbersome, and the set of auxiliary files generated is a subject to change with newer versions of Autotools and the specific tools being used.

So, should Autotools be improved to detect a known VCS being used and add ignore lines for it automatically? Many modern project generators and build systems, including Meson and create-react-app, do that to some extent, but I doubt if this is actually in the scope of Autotools and follows its ideas.

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