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Old 10-17-2006, 05:09 PM   #1
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Remove Software

There's a lot said about installing software but I never see anything about removing software. I was trying to configure Gotmail to retrieve Hotmail but relented after an hour and a half. Now I want to get rid of it. The problem is I don't know how to do this. I downloaded the tar ball, ran make, and make install but I didn't write down where it copied files to, or if it created start up processes. What al do I need to do to make sure it's gone?

Is there a standard for where files go when you run make, and make install?

Wow, still a newbie after 5 years. I haven't seriously looked at linux since a little bit after I registered here.


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Old 10-17-2006, 05:14 PM   #2
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In some cases, the make install script has a make uninstall option. Check the docs. If all else fails, check where the make script copies files to and remove them, yes tedious but blame the developer.
Old 10-17-2006, 05:37 PM   #3
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Don't know what distribution you're using, but checkinstall is a wonderful thing:

Too late for your current problem, but something to keep in mind if you go compiling again.
Old 10-18-2006, 03:55 PM   #4
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>>Is there a standard for where files go when you run make, and make install?

yes, pretty much "everywhere" but in a standard way... (config files can be in /etc, binares at /usr/bin .... and so on. it depends on your dist. too.

as the poster above mentioned, make a package of your compiled stuff and life will be easier...


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