kinda newbie question

Damien Elmes resolve at
Tue Jan 15 14:17:08 EST 2002

Sam Couter <sam at> writes:

> mn_x at <mn_x at> wrote:
> > yes, it gives me: make: *** No rule to make target `uninstall'.  Stop.
> So now you have to do it the Windows way: Search through your filesystem
> in the areas that the software may have installed itself (probably
> /usr/local) and delete each file that the package installed manually.
> If you still have the source package configured (and its Makefiles are
> set up decently), you could probably do something like "make
> prefix=/tmp/foo" and see what files go into /tmp/foo. Look for those
> same files in /usr/local.
> Using a package management tool like dpkg or apt on Debian or rpm on
> RedHat will solve all of these problems for you.

There's also programs which can wrap a 'make install' process and record where
everything's going. But package management is much more sane. That's what
/usr/local was invented for in the first place (source code installations which
were easy to prune)

Damien Elmes
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