This howto explains how you can compile a package from source and install it using your package manager so you can easily uninstall your package later (without leaving too many scattered files around.
sudo apt-get install checkinstall
Compile from source
First of all get a program of your choice that you will compile from source. In the following example we will compile and install tmux, assuming that you already have libevent 1.4+ and ncurses installed (in the default locations).
cd /tmp wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/tmux/tmux-1.6.tar.gz tar xvzf tmux-1.6.tar.gz cd tmux-1.6 ./configure make make test
Now instead of running
make install we use checkinstall instead
checkinstall -D make install
Follow the interactive installation by providing package information.
Once succesful you can see the package appear when doing
To uninstall tmux again you can your package manager like
in debian based Unix OS’es