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Old 06-19-2002, 06:38 AM   #1
michaelegan
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Question Uninstalling software


I've resolved to try to get to grips with installing packages from the source code rather than using RPMs or any distribution-specific tools. How long this resolve lasts is another matter.

If, halfway through setting up a package, things start to go horribly wrong is it safe to simply remove the files before starting again?

I might be operating on the mistaken assumption - due to some familiarity with Windoze - that there is the equivalent of a registry which might end up being corrupted as a result of deleting files in this manner.

Hope this makes sense.
 
Old 06-19-2002, 09:41 AM   #2
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In some sense there is a process that is something like a Windoze registry. There are module dependencies that must be satisfied within Linux. Linux is written to be somewhat modular. Going from an rpm-based package management system to a purely compiled system won't eliminate those dependencies, although it MAY hide them until execution time.

If what you are trying to compile provides the basis for modules used by other programs and that compile is somehow hosed leaving an incorrect module or no module, then that would a bad thing . Usually in the compile/make/install process, there is a point at which no harm is done. Even if you end up installing a bad module or program, it is possible to uninstall/unmake, or at worse redoing with the previous version. Sometimes the old version is left out on your system, sometimes it is replaced. However, to discover all this you will need to read the documentation with or surrounding the software that you want to compile.
 
Old 06-20-2002, 03:25 AM   #3
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I suspect I'm simply going to have to chance my arm on this and try to learn by the usual method of trial and error.

At least I'm working with a 'test' machine that doesn't have any important data on it.

I'll try and document whatever I do and see if I can help anybody else in this rather complex area in the process. If I can get to grips with installing software on a Linux machine (yet to be decided) I'm sure anybody can!

Thanks for the advice.
 
  


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