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Subject: Re: [boost] Proposal for moving Boost to CMake
From: Gavin Lambert (gavinl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-06-21 02:35:06

On 19/06/2017 06:50, Andrey Semashev wrote:
> `make install` into system directories and similar commands are indeed
> discouraged (at least, on Linux) because there is typically no `make
> uninstall`. You can install into a separate subtree though, with the
> assumption that you can safely delete it afterwards.

autoconf has supported "make uninstall" forever (or sufficiently close
to it). Most autoconf "replacements" haven't bothered.

But these typically install into separate directories from the
package-managed directories anyway (/usr/local/* rather than /usr/*), so
they're not hard to get rid of again, as long as developers don't do
dumb things. (Which is by no means guaranteed, of course.)

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