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Old 05-16-2004, 02:44 PM   #1
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binaries versus RPM

I understand that there are many advantages to compiling source yourself and installing apps that way. A very useful feature that RPMs provide is you can easily update them or delete them. Is there a similarly easy way to delete an application that was installed via "make install?" Particularly when I'm experimenting using different programs, and the programs create various files all over the place, I'd like to be able to completely clean it from the system.

Old 05-16-2004, 03:10 PM   #2
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Most source packages that you install using make install also support doing the reverse by typing make uninstall. Local configuration files (be it in your home directory or ones that you have created in /etc) are of course not affected by this.

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If compiling from source is your thing, try Gentoo.
Old 05-17-2004, 06:00 AM   #4
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Lots of packages also use the "make clean" or "make dep-clean" or some iteration of that. Most of the time, a quick look through the programs docs will tell you how to uninstall it completely
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I think you are looking for checkinstall
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make your own package from the source, then install, its what i do for my distro (slackware).
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. The checkinstall program looks pretty neat. I'll have to try that out.



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