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I sometimes build stuff from source, and sometimes there is a configure script. For instance, I try to build ngspice (currently on cygwin, but the same goes for Linux too), so I run its configure script, and it halts with a requirement for bison; I install that, and then I get:

configure: error: Flex is required for building XSPICE

... etc.

So, instead of running configure each time a new package has to be installed, is there some standard way to have configure scripts run to the end and report all errors on the way?

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