Well, unless they changed stuff on me, I'm not sure how your untarring is working. I thought 'f' needed to be the last option before the [f]ilename. And not all apps come with configure scripts - some you just 'make' - always need to read the READMEs and INSTALLs and whatnot. The more usual issue is getting errors *while* compiling, rather than before it, and that's usually due to a missing lib.
And I spend many many hours... and days... and weeks... and months. But maybe I'm slow, too.
-- *lol* Okay, there's the answer. I'm *definitely* slow.