13.4 Some caveats
Earlier, if you were awake, you noticed that I recommended the use of
make dist or
make distcheck. This
practice ensures that all the generated files are newer than their
inputs. It also solves some problems related to dependency tracking
(see section 19. Advanced GNU Automake Usage).
Note that currently Automake will allow you to make a distribution when
maintainer mode is off, or when you do not have all the required
maintainer tools. That is, you can make a subtly broken distribution if
you are motivated or unlucky. This will be addressed in a future
version of Automake.