downloading and compiling from source

Jamie Griffin jpg at
Sat Mar 8 15:04:34 UTC 2008

just one final query. When i type a command to execute a program that
isn't currently installed, the shell returns a message saying:

'The program '*****' is currently not installed.  You can install it by
sudo apt-get install *****
You will have to enable component called 'universe'

when it says i need to enable a component called universe, what is this
and how would i do that?


On Sat, 2008-03-08 at 14:34 +0100, Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-03-08 at 14:15 +0100, Nils Kassube wrote:
> > Then make a source directory in your home directory where 
> > you unpack the sources you want to compile and install. For many programs 
> > the procedure is this sequence of commands:
> > 
> > configure
> > make
> > sudo make install
> I think it should be added that ./configure --help gives a list of
> compile time options that can be passed, since changing the options
> often is a reason to self-compile in the first place.
> However, if it's just to change options I'd recommend to not build from
> vanilla sources but to just rebuild the Ubuntu package. A guide is here:
> (to the OP: don't use
> the Debian apt-src repo that is given in the article, but
> select Software Sources from the menu System/Administration, and enable
> the source code repos there.)
> > you should install the package "checkinstall" 
> > and change the command sequence above:
> > 
> > configure
> > make
> > sudo checkinstall make install
> Definitely, otherwise deinstallation can become very messy.

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