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As a user, I haven't done a single ./configure && make && make install since the 90s.
I take it you're a retro type of guy, still on Slackware 2.1? :-) Mind, I sort of miss the old days when I really was a basic¹ Unix user.
¹ Defined as one whose ever only once wrote his own device driver.