[Techtalk] removing installed programs

Alvin Goats agoats at compuserve.com
Sun Oct 26 18:11:02 EST 2003

> Carla Schroder wrote:
> > Some programs include 'make clean', or 'make uninstall'. Try those first.
> > Otherwise there is no automated way to remove source-built programs.
> That's 
> > why RPM and debs came about.
> AFAIK, the "make clean" target only removes *.o and other intermediate 
> files generated during the compile under the source tree.  Some may 
> include a "make distclean" target for removing any files not originally 
> in the tarball.  But neither of them would touch files outside the 
> source tree.

You might want to consider using Slackware's pkgtools. If you compile
the source and then use Slackware's tools, you can generate a binary
tarball and then install that tarball using another of the tools. This
creates a database of the files and where they went so that you can
delete them later if you need to.


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