You'll need the autotools installed (autoconf/automake/libtool). Do an autoreconf -i in the main project directory. This should generate a configure script from the configure.in and all of the automake and libtool stuff for it. From there it should be configure / make / make install the way it normally is. You can do configure --enable-unit-tests if you have GNU Check installed so that you can run the unit tests.
All of these are readily available in the Debian / Ubuntu repositories. It has no dependencies that have to be built from source, at least on Debian/Ubuntu. Package name for check is just 'check' and pkg-config is just 'pkg-config'. What distro are you trying to build Arcueid under anyhow?
I'm just using ubuntu. Lucid, I think. I installed check and pkg-config, no problems. But I still see the same error.
On a second machine I'm using linux mint which tracks the debian rolling release. There:
checking gmp.h usability... no
checking gmp.h presence... no
checking for gmp.h... no
configure: error: in `/home/akkartik/arcueid':
configure: error: Bignum (libgmp) test failed (--disable-bignum to disable)
See `config.log' for more details
$ sudo apt-get install libgmp10
libgmp10 is already the newest version.
Have you got libgmp-dev installed? It cannot find the development headers which you'll obviously need to compile it. Anyhow, you can use --disable-bignum if that still doesn't help. If you're still having problems you can download a tarball of Arcueid 0.0.1 in the files section of the github page. That has a configure script so you ought to be able to ./configure && make && make install from there. I should try building the thing on a clean install of Ubuntu to fully identify all the dependencies for building straight from the cloned sources.
Still unclear why ubuntu lucid is having trouble. It's a pretty vanilla server distro. I'll keep pottering with it, see what I can find out.
What do I do after building it? I tried running src/arcueid, both from the top-level dir, and from the arc dir. It segfaulted each time. Poking around with gdb now.. oh, do I have to make install before I can use it?
(I never realized how complex the makefiles get when you use autotools..)
Well, the arcueid binary expects to find arc.arc in /usr/local/share/arcueid, and like I said there's practically no error handling. You can either do a make install (which should copy arc.arc to that place where the arc binary can find it), or you can run it as src/arcueid arc/arc.arc (explicitly specifying the path to arc.arc on the command line). Oh, and do a git pull!
You don't, at least not for now. I found it faster to just write a version of the compiler in C using compiler.arc as a prototype (the fact that I've done this should be obvious by comparing compiler.c and compiler.arc). Seems there are a few more bugs in the compiler: the or macro seems to be expanding all wrong, and anything but nil crashes it. I need to take a closer look.
Oh, and please do a git pull now before you do anything else. I've just managed to fix the bug that was preventing arc.arc from being loaded properly, although of course arc.arc makes reference to many global functions which still aren't defined in the core and will crash the interpreter. Next step will be to find these and implement them.