Arabian Nights writes: I've been using Linux since I was 16 (about a decade), and one thing I caught on to very quick was how package managers like Synaptic could undo installations of programs I installed. Now I am working at on a shared cluster where I need to use niche research programs/libraries that are only available through source code. The big turn off of./configure, make, make install is if I don't like what I did and want to reinstall a different version, there's no obvious way to get my system back to it's original state. What do Slashdotters do to manage their programs built from source?
I tell them to turn to the study of mathematics, for it is only there that
they might escape the lusts of the flesh.
-- Thomas Mann, "The Magic Mountain"