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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49330] Stale files after make install

From: John W. Eaton
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49330] Stale files after make install
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:52:42 +0000 (UTC)
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Follow-up Comment #2, bug #49330 (project octave):

One solution would be to create a list of all files that were installed,
probably along with checksums, and create a tool to remove those if they still
matched and warn otherwise, giving the user the choice of what to do.  But
that's more like a package system, and that's not really the purpose of
autotools so doubt it would get much support from autotools developers.

If you build with --prefix set to a directory that is just for Octave, then it
is easy enough to just rm -rf that directory tree before doing "make install".
 But --prefix doesn't have to be unique to Octave.  If --prefix is /usr, then
I don't think you want to be doing "rm -rf /usr" before proceeding with the
rest of the installation.


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