Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How to uninstall a software which I have installed via Terminal.

I have recently installed the Realtek High Definition Driver which is now a big mess with my audio system. After installed that software all the sound channels were set to mute by default (as mentioned in the installation manual).

Now I am unable to open alsamixer. I have installed alsamixer-gui. It open the some window but I am unable to adjust the controls.

I want to remove the above mentioned software and I want to set my audio system to previous state.

Can somebody suggest me how to carry out uninstallation.

Thanks in advance Srinivas

share|improve this question
how did you install it? – Michał Šrajer Dec 27 '11 at 20:09

How did you install it ? From your question I assume from source.

If you are lucky, simply

sudo make uninstall

But if that does not work, you would then need to manually delete the files you installed.

One potential problem would be if you installed from source, you may have over written system libs, and so would need to reinstall them as well.

In the future I would advise you try to make a .deb, with checkinstall

Ubuntu wiki checkinstall

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.