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Old 10-20-2003, 04:49 AM   #1
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Programs - uninstalling, updating, pointing

Ok, I have a few problems with Linux. I love it, but the program thing kind of gets me annoyed.

Some programs modify config files and add stuff to libraries and stuff. When I want to remove the program, and it doesn't have an uninstaller (or doesn't work), I find it really hard to get rid of, and don't know exactly what it installed all over the place.

make uninstall

doesn't work on most programs I have.

what about updating programs, especially system programs like autoconf and bash and kernel stuff?

oh, this is what I want to do. I want to create a /home/me/my_programs to have all my non-system program files in - but be able to run mozilla with still "mozilla" not "/home/me/my_programs/mozilla/mozilla" - way of permanant pointers/aliases?

I'm still confused. Any good sites that explain everything about programs - where they install - how to uninstall, etc.

Eh, all this Canadian Penguin madness!
Old 10-20-2003, 06:27 AM   #2
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You can create aliases and load them to your system by adding them to your ~/.bash_profile file.

For example, an alias called mozi for you mozilla file-->

" alias mozi='/home/me/my_programs/mozilla/mozilla' "

is enough. And as for installing and unistalling programs, the easy way is to always opt for rpm's. Otherwise, try to go for statically linked programs, and finally for the (Oh...) source tarballs.
Old 10-20-2003, 07:13 AM   #3
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I think what you are looking for is something like checkinstall. Check the documentation, whether it would do the trick for you.

Oh, yes, and for one pitfall at least, read this also.


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