From a column at LinuxPlanet: "Yesterday I wrote about the need for a unified package handler for Linux that would not just reconcile RPM, DEB, and
TGZ packages but would include in the database of installed applications (along with dependencies and the like) those
things you build yourself from source.
Konstantin Malakhanov must have had his note pre-written, so quick was he to email a response to my plea. He clued
me in on something called 'CheckInstall.' It is the coolest utility I've ever seen. If you run Slackware or any RPM-based
distribution and if you ever compile your own applications, libraries, anything, it is a must-have, a really essential