Good morning from a newbie

Rob Park rbpark at ualberta.ca
Tue Jan 14 15:06:48 PST 2003


Alas! Gerard Beekmans spake thus:
> 1) 'make distclean' does not always clean up properly. If you had a problem 
> compiling, went to fix your system and try to compile the package again you 
> might be surprised. Most distclean-able packages shouldn't have problems 
> anymore these days, but it's a safe practice to follow so you don't get 
> bitten in the back when you do come across a package with a non-functional 
> 'make distclean'.
> 
> 2) 'make distclean' is essentially the same as just unpacking the package. 
> Save a few large packages such as Glibc, GCC and the Linux kernel, unpacking 
> a package does not take that long. You might as well remove the dir and save  
> a whole lot of MBs of wasted space. It is (in my opinion) worth the few 
> seconds it takes to unpack a package when you actually need it.

Not to mention that a lot of packages have broken/missing "make
uninstall", too. If you're keeping the source around to assist you in
uninstalling, it's better just to use one of the many package managers
that there are hints written for.

-- 
Rob Park
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