Some tarballs come with a make command to uninstall themselves, most do not. I
solved this problem by using checkinstall to create RPM packages from tarballs.
You do the compile as normal. Instead of issuing make install you issue
checkinstall. checkinstall does the make install command for you. It also
creates and installs a RPM package. If you want to uninstall the package you
can do so with rpm. You can find checkinstall at: