Is there anyway of removing files installed by running the command make install?


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The majority of packages that have make install also provide a make uninstall; this will usually remove package files, but not configuration files, similar to how apt-get remove works, in contrast to apt-get purge.

This, of course, only works properly if you keep the original package directory or reconfigure it using the same parameters for --prefix and such.


On Ubuntu, it's actually pretty easy:

Install CheckInstall:

sudo aptitude install checkinstall

Run Make and let checkinstall create a .deb:

sudo make; sudo checkinstall

Uninstall the .deb and you're done.

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There is no automated way - that is why we have package managers.

You would have to manually go through the Makefile and find the files / directories that it installs and manually remove them.

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