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Old 08-23-2003, 06:17 AM   #1
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Difference between make clean and uninstall

Hi there all,

I am curious to know what is the difference between make clean and make uninstall when removing a program. Under what circumstances do I use one or the other ?

Thanks for your help on this...

Old 08-23-2003, 06:21 AM   #2
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You should use make clean every time you compile a program. It won't remove the program itself, but it will clean unneeded files creating during the compiling process. make uninstall is very clear about what it does right
Old 08-23-2003, 07:25 AM   #3
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That helps...

however that mean that when I want to reinstall an application and I use make clean (as suggested in an answers article in this site) the files installed will just be overwritten right ?

Is it worth it to do a make uninstall if I just want to reinstall an app ?

Thanks again,


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