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I want to switch from a development version to a stable one.

I installed nginx from source with:

sudo make install

I tried sudo make uninstall but it doesnt work.

How can I uninstall nginx?

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Duplicate:… (can't vote to close as dupe from another site, but voting to close as off topic) – Wooble Oct 14 '11 at 14:43

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To uninstall:

sudo rm -f -R /usr/local/nginx && rm -f /usr/local/sbin/nginx


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Stop the service first:

sudo service nginx stop

Our compiled-from-source files:

sudo rm -rf /etc/nginx /etc/default/nginx /usr/sbin/nginx* /usr/local/nginx /var/run/ /var/log/nginx

The Debian scripts that came with the apt-get version:

sudo rm -rf /etc/init.d/nginx /etc/logrotate.d/nginx /var/lib/update-rc.d/nginx

Your static content:

sudo rm -rf /var/www

Disable the startup daemon:

sudo update-rc.d -f nginx disable


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This help for me:

 make deinstall clean

 ;make===>  Deinstalling for nginx
 ===>   Deinstalling nginx-1.6.2_1,2
 Updating database digests format: 100%
 Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting)
 Deinstallation has been requested for the following 1 packages (of 0 packages in the universe):

 Installed packages to be REMOVED:

 The operation will free 1 MiB.
 [1/1] Deinstalling nginx-1.6.2_1,2...
 [1/1] Deleting files for nginx-1.6.2_1,2: 100%
 ===>  Cleaning for nginx-1.6.2_1,2

And - done.

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cd /usr/ports/www/nginx
make deinstall
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the OP din't say it's on a FreeBSD host – warl0ck Nov 4 '12 at 23:56

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