If your working on a .DEB based system, make sure you have the "checkinstall" package installed. Then with the steps listed in the article:
4. change to newly created directory
6. sudo checkinstall
It will do the "sudo make" but then create a .DEB package out of the resulting program. You can then install and uninstall it through the normal package manager instead of letting the naked "sudo make install" copy files into your system without a clear method of uninstall/upgrade later.
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