[Haskell-cafe] [OT] GHC uninstall on Linux

Philip Armstrong phil at kantaka.co.uk
Wed Nov 7 05:01:21 EST 2007

On Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 10:41:53AM +0100, Dusan Kolar wrote:
>  I use tar.bz2 binary distribution of GHC compiler as my distro does not 
> use any supported packaging system. Everything is fine, but... I want to 
> install the new version of the GHC compiler. Is there any (easy) way, how 
> to get information about what was copied and where during installation? 
> (./configure; make install) There seems to be no uninstall target in the 
> Makefile. :-( And I want to uninstall the previous version of the compiler.

>  Is it safe to delete files/folders just from /usr/local/lib/ghc-6.6.1 and 
> /usr/local/bin/gh* ?

Probably. At least you installed it in /usr/local, not /usr...

For future reference, this is what GNU stow is for: you do

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/packagename

when you build the binaries and then use the stow command to put
appropriate symlinks in to /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/lib etc etc for
the version you want to use. This way you can have several versions
installed in parallel in /usr/local/stow/ghc-6.6.1
/usr/local/stow/ghc-6.8 etc etc, but have one default version
symlinked into your $PATH.

Very useful...


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