You need to start by telling what distribution of Linux that you are using.
Post the output of
Are you sure that the software that you are trying to install is not in your distributions repository? Or something that works similarly.
If you use hope frequently, add the above command to your
Are you using c shell or bash? Is this compilable for your kernel, or is this for a BSD?
Sounds like you're about to make a mess.
Tell some more about what you are trying to do, maybe a link to the software's web page.