How to uninstall?

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How to uninstall?

Postby h2z on Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:50 am

Ok so I know how to remove an application that was installed via deb package manager and via the synaptic manager but how do I remove an application that was "installed" by means of compiling?? :?:
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Re: How to uninstall?

Postby cisforcojo on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:17 am

First, do you still have the folder you installed from?
If not, I suggest re-tracing your steps and re-installing it exactly like you did before and then from the directory where you typed 'make install'
type 'make uninstall' so the commands from the source folder should look something like this:
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./configure
make
make install
make uninstall


If you still have the folder, just run 'make uninstall' (I BELIEVE this is the command to remove files you've installed with make)

A suggestion?
Install 'checkinstall'
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sudo apt-get install checkinstall


What 'checkinstall' does is make a .deb file from the source code and then install from that. SO, when you want to remove it, you can use Synaptic and not worry about all this hassle. If you install from source code, if you don't still have the source code folder you installed from, your chances are pretty slim of actually finding and erasing everything it installed.

Using checkinstall, you'll NEVER want to type 'make install' again, instead you'd type 'sudo checkinstall'
An install from source will look like this:
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./configure
make
sudo checkinstall


Of course, if anyone knows a better method, feel free to jump in.
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Re: How to uninstall?

Postby Zwopper on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:39 am

cisforcojo wrote:A suggestion?
Install 'checkinstall'
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sudo apt-get install checkinstall


What 'checkinstall' does is make a .deb file from the source code and then install from that. SO, when you want to remove it, you can use Synaptic and not worry about all this hassle. If you install from source code, if you don't still have the source code folder you installed from, your chances are pretty slim of actually finding and erasing everything it installed.

Using checkinstall, you'll NEVER want to type 'make install' again, instead you'd type 'sudo checkinstall'
An install from source will look like this:
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./configure
make
sudo checkinstall


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Re: How to uninstall?

Postby cisforcojo on Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:12 pm

Glad to help. :)
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Re: How to uninstall?

Postby itoffshore on Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:24 am

The latest version of checkinstall 1.6.1 will fail to mkdir on Elyssa - you can fix this bug with:

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sudo checkinstall --fstrans=no
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