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Old 04-10-2005, 06:25 AM   #1
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uninstall programs


How do I un-install programs under linux? In my currently problem I need to un-install a program compiled from source with the make commands. I thought it was as easy like 'make uninstall' but it wasn't.

Old 04-10-2005, 07:44 AM   #2
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Hi jasone,

you can use checkinstall for this. You find the package in the "extra" directory ( Link removed ). With checkinstall you are able to install programs and build a package on the fly. This means you are able to uninstall it after the installation with "removepkg name-of-the-package". You simply install checkinstall, do a "./configure && make" and then type "checkinstall". In case where the last step isn't "make install" you append the appropriate command, e. g. "checkinstall make all".
It works great, I use it for all my custom compiles.

Edit: I just noticed that the search with Slackware's package browser gives you no result. You can get checkinstall e. g. from here:
Of course you can get it from any other slackware mirror.

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Old 04-10-2005, 10:03 AM   #3
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Thanks man!

I'll use check from now on, seems great! So there is no way for me to un-install programs thats made from 'make install' ?
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Run "make uninstall" as root from the directory where the software was compiled and installed from.
Old 04-10-2005, 10:51 AM   #5
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If there's no 'make uninstall', you could go about it by building the package again, and installing it with checkinstall - this will overwrite the old files, and then you can uninstall the package.


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