[Techtalk] removing installed programs

Hamster hamster at hamsternet.org
Mon Oct 27 00:06:05 EST 2003

On Sun, 26 Oct 2003 08:00:51 -0800
Carla Schroder <carla at bratgrrl.com> wrote:

> Some programs include 'make clean', or 'make uninstall'. Try those first. 

Just remember that make clean doesnt have anything to do with the files that
make install installs. Make clean cleans out stuff specific to the
compilation process - makefiles and caches and stuff like that. Make clean
will never remove files installed by make install. In fact running make
clean could be the worst thing you could do, because it will remove the
makefile created with the directions for make uninstall!!!

Make uninstall is the one you want. In a pinch, in the rare times that a
make uninstall target isnt provided, there is one possible way of working
out what has been installed where - run make install again and redirect its
output to a file and then go through that file deleting all it mentions


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