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Re: The effectiveness of 'make uninstall' command

On Saturday 06 October 2007 21:18:29 Amit Uttamchandani wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I recently compiled a bunch of software on my Debian Etch system for
> testing. After testing I wanted to remove them and I have been running
> the 'make uninstall' command in the source code directory of the
> respective application. I was curious as to how effective this command
> was. It seems like it removes everything it installs.
> Now this brings up the obvious question of the usefulness of the
> checkinstall software for managing installations outside of debian repos.
> I understand checkinstall is probably usefull for computers in a lab
> setup but for personal workstation, 'make install' and 'make uninstall'
> seems to be sufficient.
> Any comments?

make uninstall is rarely supported and most often doesn't work. If you want 
something similiar, but generally has much less trouble, you might want to 
look at stow (debian package: stow, upstream url: 

Wesley J. Landaker <wjl@icecavern.net> <xmpp:wjl@icecavern.net>
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