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I am a total linux noob. All I really know is apt-get ( to an extent) su , cd ,and dd and a few other minor things.

I am trying to install a disk encryption package. https://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/wiki/Downloads?tm=2

I run ./configure with the CD command set to where the decompressed package is located. The massive wall of text of checks appears and ends with this error code. configure: error: You need popt 1.7 or newer to compile. I'm having trouble finding out how to install/or get-configure-to-detect-potp.

I have ran apt-get update and apt-get upgrade.

General tips on linux also appreciated.

(I searched potp on Superuser and found nothing. Google didn't help much either. )

  • Just wanted to comment that, if you get a message like configure: error: You need popt 1.7 or newer to compile., you can search for the package using sudo aptitude search popt - you will get a list of different packages, and then you will have to choose the one that fits your needs... in this case, libpopt-dev. If you have doubts regarding the packages (if it is or not the one you are looking for), you can always do a sudo aptitude show libpopt-dev to get additional information on it. – jimm-cl Jul 15 '14 at 18:05
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per the debian package documentation here, you need to install libpopt-dev

sudo apt-get install libpopt-dev

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