I am new to linux.
When you install an application, after you extract it to a folder, you then type "./configure" to start the configuration before you type "make install" to actually begin the installation, right?

If some error messages comes out during the configuration, then I change my mind, not to install this application. Would the configuration step already have left some dirty things in my linux?

Dirty things mean something like the registry entries in windows.

Thank you very much for your help.