To install something from source you'll mostly do three steps.
In here there are checks to see if you have everything right and you can set options. To see which options you can set:
./configure --help | more
After this and if you don't get any errors you make the program:
If everything went right you can do:
and it'll install the program.
Sometimes you don't need to do all steps. You'll notice that if you get an error message when you type the command. An example is ndiswrapper which only needs make install or make and make install, not ./configure.
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