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How to remove software installed from source code , tar file ???

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Dear all;

I'd like to ask about how can i remove a software installed on redhat linux , this software installed using source code "tar" file ....


Thanks alot
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try to do:

# make uninstall
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Unfortunately, if the above doesn't work, you need to look at the install log, or the make file and find exactly where the install process puts everything. This is not normally that easy to do (although fortunately still easier than doing a manual Windows uninstall in many cases!

http://www.cs.duke.edu/~ola/courses/programming/Makefiles/Makefiles.html

gives a short overview of how they work.

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Just delete its directory and all the files inside its directory using "rm -fr" command.

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ppfoong, that's a bit extreme isn't it.  If it is a library and installed into /usr/lib... rm -fr /usr/lib?
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Normally, software will install themselve under newly created directory inside /usr/local. Commertial software usually installed under /opt in their own directory too.

You can also look into the Makefile under install section, that when you make install, where are the files copied into, then just delete the files.

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i will test these today, i hoped there is a special command for it

will be back
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by:shmukler
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There is a special command (in a way) - $make uninstall  (or deinstall), however if you were installing with make (by executing $make install; the Makefike needs to have the deinstall target. Just like the install target it's something that programmer has to write manually. Some makefiles would have these and others would not.

Good luck.
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by:devrick0
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Short of still having the original makefile on your system, there aren't any really good ways.  You could check on the date of the file (executable) installed on the system, that you want uninstalled.  Then run a find on the system looking for files that are the same age or that were modified in that same time frame.  From there you can try to track down all the files that were installed and in what directories.  Just be careful when it comes to removing lib files as other programs could have dependencies on those files now.  
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by:antoxa
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maybe in the next time, you should configure programms with keyword --prefix=PREFIX (install architecture-independent files in PREFIX), for example --prefix=/usr/local/axel
after 'make install' all files will be installed under /usr/local/axel
and finally you could make symbol links to another directory, for example /usr/local/axel/bin/* to /usr/local/bin
this way, could help you to remove software, you must remove only /usr/local/axel and symbol links.

WBR, antoxa.
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