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Ok, for installing a program that is not in rpm format you have to execute the three commands - configure, make, make install.
When you want to uninstall this program what do you run? Make uninstall or something exists?
If not what files are being created by the three above commands and where are they.
In simple words how do you uninstall such a program?
some programs include an uninstall section, but some do not. To get around this, I recommend Checkinstall . It's designed to work with Slackware packages, RPMs, and Debian packages.
What it does is when you are compiling, you run checkinstall instead of make install, and it will build a package for your system, an install it. Then the compiled program will appear in your system's package database, so when/if you want to remove it, it can be done the same way you would a normal package (rpm, deb, tgz, etc).
defy; as superbondbond advised that is correct for some distro's. not all
however some as sbb quoted do not. so check the distro first before installing for install apps. other wise careful of what you install!
sbb; mdk 8.1 &7.1 did not have uninstalls at least the ones i've got.
looked everywhere on cd nothing but maybe didn't dig deep enough. but
thanks for your post did check out site you suggested. appears it meant for debian and complex distro's. enough just attempting to convey to other newbie's there is help just ask!
It tends to depend on whether or not the programmer wrote an uninstall for their program. Always, always, read the INSTALL and README docs - that will say whether there is an uninstall available or not.
when you're dealing with source, the uninstall rule is per-program, not per-distribution. Checkinstall is a good way around this, provided you have a way of handling one of those types of packages (tgz, rpm, deb). If anything, it helps me keep track of what's been installed.