kinda newbie question

David Gibson david at
Tue Jan 15 15:39:47 EST 2002

On Tue, Jan 15, 2002 at 03:29:45PM +1100, Sam Couter wrote:
> Kim Holburn <kim.holburn at> wrote:
> > Are you suggesting that we give up everything that doesn't come pre-compiled from a distributor? 
> Use Debian. With over 8000 packages, there's not much that isn't
> packaged already.
> But seriously, I'm not really suggesting that. As Damian (?) mentioned
> there are tools which can help manage third-party software. GNU Stow is
> one example I can think of:

Often the simplest way is just to stash the thing you're compiling in
it's own directory.  So for package foobaz do:
     ./configure --prefix=/opt/foobaz
     make install

and to uninstall
    rm -rf /opt/foobaz

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