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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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13.7.5 Autoconf

autoconf is a tool for producing shell scripts that automatically configure software source code packages to adapt to many kinds of UNIX-like systems using the entire GNU build system.

autoconf produces the configuration script configure. configure automatically creates a customized Makefile using the Makefile.in template.


13.7.5.1 Compile and install a program

Debian does not touch files in /usr/local/ (see Supporting diversity, Section 2.5). So if you compile a program from source, install it into /usr/local/ so it will not interfere with Debian.

     $ cd src
     $ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
     $ make
     $ make install # this puts the files in the system

13.7.5.2 Uninstall program

If you still have the source and if it uses autoconf/automake and if you can remember how you configured it:

     $ ./configure all-of-the-options-you-gave-it
     # make uninstall

Alternatively, if you are absolutely sure that the install process puts files only under /usr/local/ and there is nothing important there, you can erase all its contents by:

     # find /usr/local -type f -print0 | xargs -0 rm -f

If you are not sure where files are installed, you should consider using checkinstall, which provides a clean path for the uninstall.


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