Uninstalling software in Linux

Angel Tsankov fn42551 at fmi.uni-sofia.bg
Thu Aug 17 07:54:15 PDT 2006

>> Angel Tsankov wrote:
>>> Has someone tried out Matthias Benkmann's package users approach to 
>>> package management? If so, could you please answer the following 
>>> questions:
>>> -did you encounter any unexpected problems, e.g. ones not mentioned 
>>> in the hint at 
>>> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/downloads/files/more_control_and_pkg_man.txt; 
>>> -did you find any disadvantages;
>> I don't use it myself, but I do know it's one of the primary causes of 
>> problems reported in the #lfs-support IRC channel. Granted, many of 
>> the problems seem to be due to users that just don't have sufficient 
>> experience but try it anyway (due to the fact it's mentioned in the 
>> book as an LFS-specific package management method), but I think that, 
>> even taking that into account, it's really more trouble than it's worth.
> I've used it three times now.  The first time was the first LFS system 
> that I built.  I started with no package management then found the 
> hint.  "Switching horses in the middle of the stream" was not a good 
> idea and I threw my hands up in frustration.
> Since I'm a glutton for punishment, I used it from the beginning on the 
> second and third times I built LFS and BLFS.  Once I got used to it 
> things went well.  The most agravating thing for me is that the install 
> will fail if the install wants to write things, file or directory, in a 
> directory owned my another user or root.  You must then make these 
> directories "install" directories as the hint indicates.  This occurs 
> only in the packages installed in BLFS.  The hint can't cover everything.
> I've really found no other problems with it.  Install, uninstall, 
> monitor.  It all works quite well for me, but there was an aggravating 
> learning curve.  Additionally, like the hint promises, I really know my 
> system and now I understand Makefules.

Did you have to change makefiles too often? And was it makefiles or makefile.in's?

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