Software packaging hint

scott thomason scott at industrial-linux.org
Thu Jan 18 18:08:04 PST 2001


Virtually no packages have a "make uninstall". They would have to have a mechanism that <reliably> tracked the options the original install used. Shades of RPM! So, they just don't.
---scott

On Thu, 18 Jan 2001 17:11:01 -0800, Chad Simmons said:

> I'm curious.. After reading the wish list:
>  
>  Write package manager hint that uses a simple script to do the work (ie: 
>  find before installation, find after installation, diff the two output files 
>  and that diff contains the files installed by that package. Using 
>  constructions with cat rm and xargs that file can be parsed and a package 
>  can be uninstalled.
>  
>  I was wondering why go to all this trouble when a make uninstall will work 
>  just as well? Are there any problems with using the built in uninstall make 
>  option for most packages?
>  
>  Chad Simmons
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