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How are precompiled packages configured?
It all depends on how the package is built. Some distros use different directories for certain things and this is why you should stick with packages that are built for your distro.
For programs you compile yourself, sometimes you can issue a 'make uninstall' in a directory and it will uninstall your program.Looking for a distro? Look here.
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If you install packages you compile from source into the same prefix as the ones supplied by your distro, you will overwrite the files provided by the distros package which can cause probelms if you uninstall one of them.