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Using two versions of the same programm is begging for problems, unless "you really know what you are doing" (tm).
You state that after deleting (the offending new binary) /usr/local/bin/gs the "system" does not work correctly.
I think that your new installation of GS overwrote part of the old installation.
Delete the new GS, then delete the old GS (binaries, libraries, headers, everything) you should use the package manager for this. (rpm , apt-get or maybe emerge, you did not state your distro so I can't help you here)
Then install GS _once_
I'm curiuos, why did you try to install GS a second time anyway?
this should not be neccesary.
If you are developing a device driver you are well adviced to test this in a clean "testbed"
You can do this with UML Linux, VMware (if you have the money), boch/plex or Qemu or even just a complete chrooted enviroment.
To make life simple, you should only use _your_ version of GS there, than you can be absolutetly sure, that the GS you've compiled does the job (or not) because you programmed it that way, and not because of some kind of freak dependency problem.
In a development enviroment, never _ever_ mix new an old installs. This is the highway to hell, trust me.