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I was using Ubuntu from 9.8 until now 11.10 ,and there are some programs that have this sequence to install :

  1. In the terminal cd to the program's folder and write ./configure
  2. write configure
  3. make
  4. make install

but this never works with me with any version of Ubuntu, so what to do to install these non compiled programs ???

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Your question is too generic, there are many reasons for such instructions to fail, please update your question with the software you are trying to build and the error that you are getting. –  João Pinto Mar 11 '12 at 19:51
have you read my question this way never works for me with any program that have this way of installation like geany and giver applications –  Naruto Mar 12 '12 at 21:16
it works for me with those commands... –  Alvar Mar 12 '12 at 22:26
The instructions are fine, if you get an error and you need help with it you will get better help by providing the specific error you are getting. –  João Pinto Mar 15 '12 at 8:32

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There are two possible errors in your approach, taking "write" not literally, but as something to write, and omiting the sudo, which is indeed an error of these instructions:

sudo make install

Btw.: I wouldn't call the program compiled program if it didn't compile.

Note, that compiling is done in the second step. If you experience an error at one of the steps, you needn't try the later ones. Instead, report the detailed error message of the failing command.

Installing an uncompiled program (if it needs compilation) doesn't make sense. Only programs which are scripts, like python programs (*.py) can be installed uncompiled, and if you install from a .deb package, you don't need to compile yourself.

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