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I believe this is probably a simple or even stupid question, but I did not found an answer for I am a beginner of Ubuntu.

I installed my application by compiling and running the source code like:

make install

Now, I realized what I installed is a newer and unstable version. So, I need to re-install a stable version which is a litte older. I have the source code ready in hand, then what should I do next?

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marked as duplicate by Takkat, dobey, Raja, Seth, Eric Carvalho Mar 31 '13 at 15:21

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Thanks for your answer – Shuping Mar 31 '13 at 14:57
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It actually depends on the Makefile provided. Try running make uninstall. If you are lucky, this might work. Otherwise you get something like:

make: *** No rule to make target `uninstall'.  Stop.  

In that case you can try running make clean, but that will most probably delete files from source directory only.

You might want to read more about make and study the corresponding Makefile to see available options.

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