[SOLVED] How to uninstall something in Linux (Ubuntu)
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I am new to Linux and using Ubuntu 14.04
I have install few stuffs in my machine, as it comes with the instruction ('./Configure' then 'make' and then 'make install'), so no problem in doing that.
If I want to uninstall some specific program, how to do that ? I have no idea to find the location where it is installed
Distribution: pclos2016, Slack14.1 Deb Jessie, + 50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
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When you have installed with $ ./configure && make && sudo make install,
.. then the uninstall command can often be : sudo make uninstall ,
.. i.e. in the same location where you did $ sudo make install
Uninstalling program isn't a good idea for newbie, apt-get will try to remove program with it's dependencies, even if these dependencies requires for other programs.
If you want to find where you program was installed by "make install", open configure script with text editor and search there for installation directory. And check MAKEFILE as well.
As has been said, you can usually do "make uninstall" — provided you've kept the source code; otherwise you'll ave to download it again! If there isn't an uninstall option in the make file, you can do it manually. Look at the install section of the make file and you can see what files were installed and where they went.
Distribution: Cinnamon Mint 17.3 and 18 at present.
Why don't you just go to the Ubuntu software centre, pick the program and it'll install with all the dependancies.
You can also use the Synaptic package manager from the Admin menu. Programs uninstall from here as well.
I don't understand why Newbies always think you've got to use the command line in Linux to do installs and deinstalls. (or do I? Hmmm...) Using the GUI is so much easier at the start if you're comming from Windows.
Once you've become familiar with the Linux concepts; distributions, repositories, dependancies, etc, THEN you can graduate to using the command line from a terminal.
It's bit late now but you can use 'checkinstall' instead of 'make install' if you have that package installed and the source file is compatable, it attempts to make the package traceable by your package manager.
Personaly I prefer the easy life and install via the package manager even if it means adding extra repos.