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Basically as per question. I have the .tar.gz file but I can't seem to install it. I did the whole, './configure', 'make' and 'make install' but it didn't work.

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Why not install the package? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 29 '12 at 18:20
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You can install the packages by using the command in a terminal (Press Ctrl-Alt-T to bring it).

sudo apt-get install libreadline6 libreadline6-dev

The package libreadline is for running applications using readline command and package libreadline-dev is for developing applications using readline i.e for compilation.

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