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apt does have a search function, i think it was apt-cache or something like that. try "man apt".
sorry i can't help you with this.
ps: 88 vieuws means people care, but can't help. useless info would still be, useless. keep in mind this is still a free forum, and that we do not get paid to do this. it's all just a "friendly hand" from people who care.
Here's what I got when trying to compile something.
Newly created files are older than distributed files. Check your system clock!
This happened to me just a couple weeks ago. I googled and found the answer.
I remember I had to apt-get something. Something to do with gcc.
I've already apt-get install gcc though and it says its the latest version.
I know I just have the apt-get something. I've googled again and couldn't find the thread.
If you apt-get installed something a couple of weeks ago to solve the problem, then it should still be installed. Unless you uninstalled it, but that wouldn't make sense to do would it? Typically this is because your system time or the packager's system time is wrong. Especially if you use NTP and the daemon is borked. Using UTC has also been reported to skew time settings. Check your system time and try to touch the offending files before you configure again.
Besided gcc, you need Linux headers, glibc headers, binutils, bash, coreutils, diffutils, findutils, gawk, gettext, grep, make, patch, sed, texinfo, and probably somethings I forgot. I'm assuming, of course, that you're trying to build something from a tarball you downloaded.