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This morning I installed python3.3.2 from source, which is giving me some headaches, so now I want it removed. python3 launches python3.3.2, which is stored in /usr/local/bin. However, when I try to remove it, it wants to remove python3.3.1, stored in /usr/bin. I obviously want to keep this one.

$ which -a python3
/usr/local/bin/python3
/usr/bin/python3

How do I get 'sudo apt-install remove python3' to not remove the necessary 3.3.1 /usr/bin one, and only 3.3.2 one in /local/bin? Thanks for any advice!

  • Please update your question a bit. What about the topic "Remove self compiled python"? – tvn Jun 1 '13 at 11:50
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Like you sad: You have installed python from source. If you want to remove this exact version you just build your own, you can't use the package-system because your python is not registered in this.

If python is the only software you installed by source with make install then it should be save just to delete everything under /usr/local/ because that folder is just for you ;-) (more info regarding that folder can be found in the File System Hierarchy Standard )

$ sudo rm -r /usr/local/

But if you installed different software without the help of apt,dpkg or aptitude, that will be lost, too. Then this Artikel on Stackoverflow may help you out, it mentions a way to remove python with the help of it's source.

  • That seems to have done the trick. I've still got a lot to learn about linux! Thanks. – Mach Jun 1 '13 at 11:06
  • You're welcome. As a tipp: you can find the word local on even different places, most of the time it means the same like /usr/local/. – tvn Jun 1 '13 at 11:45

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