downloading and compiling from source

Jamie Griffin jpg at
Sat Mar 8 12:52:29 UTC 2008

Ok thanks, that's useful to know. 

I've had look and the version in the repos is 1.5.15, i think the
development version is only 1.5.17, so that would work for me.

Although, i would be interested in learning how to compile properly on

On Sat, 2008-03-08 at 13:43 +0100, Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-03-08 at 12:11 +0000, Jamie Griffin wrote:
> > I've got a lot of stuff to read to teach myself, but having been using
> > Mutt on my Mac i want to get it up and running on my Linux machine as
> > quickly as possible. 
> > 
> > Before i attempt it, i wanted to ask for some tips on how best to
> > download the source and build it myself (presumably using ./configure,
> > make and make install commands).
> [...]
> > I'm aware i could use sudo apt-get install, but wasn't sure if this
> > would install an older version of Mutt, or indeed if it's best to avoid
> > this and install it manually. 
> I'd recommend using the one from the Ubuntu repositories. You can find
> out the version to be installed by, e.g.,  "aptitude show mutt" or on
> The version there might be slightly older than the sources that come
> directly from the mutt guys, but why would you care unless you
> specifically need a feature that exists only in the newest source?
> (Even if you absolutely need a newer version, always check the backports
> repo before creating unneeded work for yourself. See
> here:
> In general, installing from the Ubuntu repositories creates much less
> headaches and maintenance work than self compiled packages, so unless
> you want to learn how to compile I'd recommend sticking with the repos.

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