O'Reilly logo

CLI for Noobies: A Primer on the Linux Command Line by Joe Barr

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 36. CheckInstall

Given the ease of installing free software apps these days, especially those installed outside your distro’s package management, how do you get rid of that great game you installed from scratch last week when you learn it opens your system up to hostile takeover?

Removing Programs with CheckInstall

Think that just removing the executable does the trick? Think again, oh rodent lover. Now you’re ready to learn about CheckInstall.

All the major package management tools provide easy-on/easy-off program installation and removal, so no big deal. But no matter what your favorite distribution, if you like to sample free software offerings, someday your just-gotta-have-it app is not going to be available as a package in whatever scheme ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required