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Recompiling and uninstalling existing applications

Hi everyone,

I'm new-ish to Unix outside of being a basic user in the past. So some background on my experience level when asking this question.

My current laptop, running OS X 10.5, had Apache and PHP installed when I bought it. However I need to recompile these now to add features which weren't included 'out of the box'.

- Do I need to do anything to 'uninstall' these existing versions of the software before the recompile?
- Do I need to delete the binaries/libraries/other directories/etc of a program I am going to be recompiling (if this isn't answered by the above question) or will this automatically be taken care of?
- How can I make sure I don't leave anything 'hanging around' when I do uninstall a program? Or recompile?
- What resources can I read to learn more about all of this and related?


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