ok so I call for that exact program you need and it installs it system wide and now my x program no longer works. like say firefox.
Or say like network manager.
this has been my weak link with the apt-get world. I have programs that are from 2004 and need alternative libraries. or a new development program comes out I need a very advance program so I find that package in a registered ppa and now I install it system wide and now my system is broken what do we get frustrated.
this is not about debian or any debian systems it is about system wide use of apt-get for developing. there is times you don't need system wide installs to build stuff.
Now that all these things have been custom the average person does there update distro and things don't goes as it should. Read the forums look at the amount of failed distro upgrades with apt-get. and they say it is stable.
since this question is about what is missing I am afraid to answer with out the exact knowlege of what O/S what ppa they are using. and or is this program they are compiling already part of the apt-get world. Be careful apt-get is handle as a sudo to root and you know and I know things can break.
configure calls for Greater or equal to
now apt-get may be better to use the new build tools that are part of apt-get.