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For fun, I compiled and installed gcc 4.7.2 in ~/build, which contains bin, doc, lib, include, man, share, et al. directories, all of which are added to the appropriate environment variables.

Now I want to remove it, so it can stop shadowing my v4.4.7 /usr/bin/gcc with all its associated libraries and whatnot (whatever they may be), but, of course, the GCC make files offer no uninstall target, and find ~/bin -iname "\*gcc*" turns up quite a bit.

Is my only option to set the prefix to some temporary directory, run the installation again, then use than new set of files as a guide for deleting the old ones? Or is there a better way?

This is on Springdale Linux 6.4 (Pisa), kernel 2.6.32-358.11.1.el6.x86_64, and I do not have root access.

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In GCC 5.1.0, the best method so far is to install it somewhere else with DESTDIR and then use that to decide which files were generated, as mentioned at: https://stackoverflow.com/a/25304014/895245

Although there is no top-level uninstall target, some directories do have it, in particular gcc, so you can do:

cd build/gcc
sudo make uninstall

This does not remove everything that was installed, but it removes major executables like gcc, g++, cpp... contained in that directory, so it might be enough.

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