When you build and install a software package from source using make install
, the expected behaviour is that the binaries go to /usr/local/bin, libraries to /usr/local/lib, images to /usr/local/share, and so on. The directory you installed it from can be deleted, but it is wise to keep a copy of the tarball since the Makefile often supports an "uninstall" target which will remove the program altogether.
You do NOT have to unpack the source in /usr/local. I build all my software as myself - not root - in a directory that I usually call ~/build so I know where I have all unpacked sources. When done building I su
to root for the make install.
Muzzy, you beat me to it.