reviving make uninstall?

Alex Merry alex.merry at
Wed Jan 28 20:08:41 UTC 2015

On Wednesday 28 January 2015 17:10:41 Milian Wolff wrote:
> Hello all,
> why was the uninstall target removed from make files in frameworks? I cannot
> find any discussion regarding that on the web.
> As a developer, I find it highly frustrating that I now have to do this job
> manually by going to the build folder of a project followed by a
> xargs rm < install_manifest.txt
> I know that both, this as well as make uninstall, have had limitations, such
> as not uninstalling files that are not installed anymore and stuff like
> that. That said, it's better than nothing and was an invaluable tool for me
> over the last years.
> So - can we bring it back please?

IIRC, it was removed precisely because it's error-prone, and having a special 
target makes it seem official, and because there's a one-line replacement 

That's certainly the reason CMake doesn't provide it automatically.

Personally, I'm not fussed either way, but then I've always been happy to nuke 
my install directory when necessary.


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