Removing manually installed software

Alexis Kotte alexis.kotte at
Tue Feb 5 09:31:47 UTC 2008

  Hi there

On Feb 4, 2008 11:44 PM, Peter Smerdon <psmerdon at> wrote:
> Ed Miller <miller07 at> writes:
> > Hi Ya'll,
> > Is there a command to use to find manually compiled and installed
> > programs that are out of date or no longer used? Or a command just to
> > remove these programs? I know where they are but I do not know the
> > dependencies.
> >
> > Thanks, Ed
> Hello Ed,
> if the software package you compiled came with a Makefile, check this
> file to see if there is an `uninstall' target. Sometimes you might be
> able to remove it with the `make uninstall' command.

You could also have a look at stow which works very well.
A (rather old) description of its usage can be found here:


Alexis Kotte

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