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Thread: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat users!!

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    Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat users!!

    Very good news indeed

    I found this amazing program called checkinstall. First I thought it's yet another half baked project that tracks the programs you installed from source in order to remove them cleanly. I tried a bunch of them and was never quite satisfied. But this is great. Here's what it does:
    After the usual ./configure && make you type checkinstall opts make install. The options specify the packagename, revision,... and whether you want a debian, slack or RPM package. Then it creates a package and installs it with the package tool of the appropriate distro (dpkg in my case). Also the package is saved to disk so you don't have to do a recompile when you want to install it again and of course you can remove it cleanly with dpkg -r packagename (on debian systems).

    As I said, I tried it on debian and it works like a charme. So everbody go get it.

    It's really easy to install and handle but if there's demand for a PET on this tool let me know.

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    I suppose it doesn't work on stuff that I've already compiled, eh?

    Looks good, though.

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    hey man thanks!! i was wanting for something like that the the other day i installed a truckload of stuff from source in redhat - then promptly removed much of it.

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    w00t !!! I'm soo going to install LFS now !

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    yep checkinstall is a great programm

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use


    yep checkinstall is a great programm *
    It sure is. The guy behind it is a true hero. It has saved me SOOO much time.

    8) Checkinstall 8)

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    yup, checkinstall is great and it's been around for a long time now

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use


    yup, checkinstall is great and it's been around for a long time now
    Then why did nobody tell me :'(?

    The question 'how do I uninstall stuff that's been compiled from source' must be among the most frequently asked questions. Yet I've never seen someone point to checktinstall.

    Anyway I must be off to install some software

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use


    The question 'how do I uninstall stuff that's been compiled from source' must be among the most frequently asked questions.
    it's not that hard without checkinstall to uninstall software. on my LFS system i have no package managment at all. but what i do is keep logs of every installation. whenever i have to type make install i do this:
    make install > install.log & tail -f install.log

    then i just keep the install logs for every application. if u wanna uninstall u just read the log file, see where it put what and remove it.

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    Re: Good news for Debian, Slackware and Redhat use

    then i just keep the install logs for every application. if u wanna uninstall u just read the log file, see where it put what and remove it.
    Funny, because it seems that checkinstall does (effectively) the exact same thing, except that it happens automagically

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