Uninstalling software in Linux
fn42551 at fmi.uni-sofia.bg
Sat Aug 19 03:12:14 PDT 2006
>>>>> 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
>>> Actually, I remember changing only one Makefile--and I should have
>>> changed the makefile.in. That was in 'hplip' for my printer. I don't
>>> remember having to change any other package. I have had to 'read and
>>> research' makefiles to see if the whole "directory chain" of an
>>> install needed to be converted to "install directories."
>> Hmm, that looks like a dawnting task. Have you not tried the package
>> user wrappers - in a previous post on this thread Matthias Benkmann
>> said: "Having to change Makefiles is a rare occurrence because the
>> wrappers deal with almost everything automatically"?
> He is right. I've had to change only one file and that may have been
> because hplip is geared towards KDE and GNOME desktops and all the
> "root" stuff. Understanding the Makefile allows me to create "install"
> directories where I need them. It's really not that bad once you get
> into it.
> I would recommend, however, that you use this management system "from
> the ground up." I tried shifting to it once after I had already started
> an LFS build. I just made problems for myself--at that time I really
> didn't know what I was doing--as if I do now :-)
> If your considering this, I'd just jump in and do it. The hint will get
> you passed the first few packages and you learn about install
> directories and other little things.
> Good luck!
Dan, thanks a lot for your opinion and recommendations!
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