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Old 05-01-2003, 06:27 PM   #1
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make uninstall?

I am curious how to go about uninstalling a program that I build and installed from source code. If I want to uninstall something, do I have to have the original folder where all the makefiles were created? Should I be keeping these folders after I install a new program? Thanks.
Old 05-01-2003, 07:08 PM   #2
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If you are on Slackware, look into an application called checkinstall at

However, for your question:
If you want to uninstall something, and a "make uninstall" is included in the Makefile, then yes, you should at least keep the original tarball to untar and uninstall. If uninstall isn't included in the Makefile, then you will need to manually remove each file that it has "installed" from make install.


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Either that (keeping them) or

what Master said :)

Here's the link

Works for non-slack too ;)

Old 05-01-2003, 08:32 PM   #4
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Check the /extra directory of the Slackware FTP, they have a prebuilt package of Checkinstall.

Also, Checkisntall is great, because it gives you a copy of the package it makes, so you can quickly reinstall all your programs (if its the same computer) in an emergency. It makes backup a breeze.
Old 05-04-2003, 08:46 PM   #5
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Cool, im looking into checkinstall now. Thanks a lot guys.


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