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Should I uninstall an application if I want to install another version I have built of its source?

asked 2017-01-10 14:29:50 -0500

powergame gravatar image

On Fedora 25 x86_64 I have LMMS 1.1.3 installed from Fedora repositories. Now I have compiled LMMS 1.2.0-RC2 from Github. I have configured and built it and want to install it. I assume the installation location will be /usr/local. The question is should I uninstall the version I already have of LMMS or any software in general before I install a locally built version of it? Would not that create any mess-ups in the system?

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answered 2017-01-10 15:55:36 -0500

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If you have built it before, you will have an old build in /usr/local.

You can mv /usr/local/lmms /usr/local/llms.old, then run make install in your build driectory - which will install the new version in /usr/local.

If there is a pre-built version on the system it should have a different path (like /usr/llms). To make sure you're running the version you build, you need to run it from the command line using the full path (like /usr/llms/llms)...

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