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I would like to rebuild g++ with my own specific settings.

Here is what I did so far:

sudo aptitude install build-dep g++-4.2
mkdir trial && cd trial
apt-get source g++-4.2

Now I want to configure my specific settings. For g++ this is normally done by e.g.

sh configure --prefix=/home/voku/testing

But unfortunately there is no configure script inside the download directory (and also no

Are there additional steps that I need to get the configure script?

What I am actually looking for is a way to say:

  • get the source
  • apply all the patches you like
  • make that whole stuff ready to build

EDIT: I have also asked on Stack Overflow - but nobody seems to know there.

EDIT: Probably I could run one of the tools that actually create the .deb package for g++.

Afterwards - that's what I assume - there will be the needed configure script.

But that sounds awful:

  • build the g++ .deb package
  • cleanup the whole stuff again
  • then use the generated configure script with my own options
  • then build again
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If you want to rebuild the Debian package with different options, it's a bit more complicated, because the Debian packaging of GCC is quite complex. In general, you would look for a configure call in debian/rules, but in the gcc-4.2 source package the interesting action actually happens in debian/rules2. Look for a variable called CONFARGS in there. debian/README.maintainers is also a good read if you want to do serious hacking on the package.

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I just came back to mention this, but you beat me to it, so +1 instead – Justin Smith Feb 17 '10 at 22:45
@Peter: thanks a lot. This is the best answer I have seen so far! – Vokuhila-Oliba Feb 18 '10 at 10:14

Try running autoconf - that is the command that creates the configure script for most applications that use one.


This was a wild goosechase, the right answer was to edit debian/rules2

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If that is unclear: you run autoconf by going to the source directory and just running autoconf with no arguments - if you have the right version and the right input files are there it just does the rest automatically. – Justin Smith Feb 17 '10 at 21:29
@Justin: autoconf tells me: autoconf: No such file or directory. Looking around via find . -name shows nothing. – Vokuhila-Oliba Feb 17 '10 at 21:38
any program using configure should have a file? as a shot in the dark you could try, as explained on this page autoscan; mv configure.scan; aclocal; autoconf – Justin Smith Feb 17 '10 at 21:47
@Justin: a file called configure.scan is also not there – Vokuhila-Oliba Feb 17 '10 at 22:04
autoscan should output configure.scan automatically – Justin Smith Feb 17 '10 at 22:07

Usually it is


not just


i.e. try

 ./configure  --prefix=/home/voku/non-productive
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@Nicholaz: There is simply no configure script, nor or something similar. Regarding ./configure : that doesn't make a difference once you have the configure script. sh configure does the same. – Vokuhila-Oliba Feb 17 '10 at 17:47
why is this getting voted up? he never run "configure", as he said, "sh configure" is identical to "./configure" this answer has nothing to do with his situation. – Justin Smith Feb 18 '10 at 7:23

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