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Old 09-09-2003, 01:10 AM   #1
ludeKing
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Installing / Removing Programs


I have a few q's regarding installing and removing programs.

1. Ok, so I download a tar.gz or an rpm or a package file like that. I go about the process of untar-ing it etc and it makes a directory with a bunch of files in it, I ./configure or make install etc, to install the program......
BUT THE QUESTIONS IS: is that program now installed to someplace like /usr/local/bin or /opt/kde/bin and it is safe to delete the directory where I untarred everything?
For example a KDE addon game. I install it, and now run the game from /opt/kde/bin/ so can I now delete the temp directory where I untarred/gunzipped everything?

2. Lets say I don't like a game or program I install, how do i delete it?

3. Lets say something goes wrong in the installa nd I say 'bugger it, I'll get rid of it'.... how can i locate the files that MAY have been copied over so i can delete it all together??

Thanks,
Steve
 
Old 09-09-2003, 01:25 AM   #2
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1) Yes it is safe for you to delete the installation source. However, (this is related to your question 2) if you need to uninstall the program, there might be a make uninstall option to ease this process.

2) Most apps have a make uninstall option. But for those that don't, you have to remove them manually, which can be a pain.

3) There are some solutions like checkinstall... also, you can make Slackware packages for things you install and (un)install them using pkgtools.
 
Old 09-09-2003, 01:29 AM   #3
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that was my next question, is it possible to convert rpms and pretty much any files i get in a zip or whatever into a slackware package, so all i have to do is use pkgtool?

How do u use pkgtool to remove a program? have it scan for all installed progs then you select the one to delete?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 01:40 AM   #4
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Converting RPMs to Slackware packages:
rpm2tgz filename.rpm

Making slackware packages from source files:
Click Here
 
  


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