How to do "manual configuration" to install a package

November 25, 2019 @lhunsicker Lawrence Hunsicker

@lhunsicker wrote:

From time to time, I get the following message when installing a package from source.


WARNING: this package has a configure script
It probably needs manual configuration


Most of the time, I ignore the message and the package installation goes correctly. But from time to time something breaks and the installation aborts -- typically without an error message that tells me how to fix things. I have looked on line for information on how to do a manual configuration, but I have found nothing to help. Some messages seem to say that editing of the Makevars file is needed, but I can find nothing that tells me what the Makevars file does or how it is structured, let alone how one is supposed to "manually configure" it.
Are there any URLs that tell one how to do "manual configuration," or that explain where to find the information about the "manual configuration" that is needed to install a specific package?
Thanks in advance for any help on this issue.
Larry Hunsicker

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