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Its personal preference. Some people extract them to /usr/src. I have a directory in my /home called downloads where I put various source packages in subdirectories according to what kind of software it is. I build all the software from there and just use su to install it.
The directory you installed the program from (i.e. where you made ./configure, make and make install) is where you need to make uninstall, so its important to keep the build directory if you think you make need to uninstall the program. If you have not kept the build directory then you can simply reinstall the package and then uninstall.
Originally posted by reddazz The directory you installed the program from (i.e. where you made ./configure, make and make install) is where you need to make uninstall, so its important to keep the build directory if you think you make need to uninstall the program. If you have not kept the build directory then you can simply reinstall the package and then uninstall.
That's what I did eventually. Just wondered if there were some residual files hanging about somewhere.