I take it you're trying to compile Arcueid from sources cloning the repository on Github. There is no configure script in the source repository because that is automatically generated by autoconf. It is a general rule to never include anything in the repository that is automatically generated. Basically, you need to install the autotools (autoconf, automake, and libtool), the dependency headers (most importantly gmp and readline), and then run autoreconf -i in the main source directory. This creates the configure script and everything else it needs.
As I mention in more detail in Arcueid's README:
If you are trying to build this by cloning the Git
repository (git://github.com/dido/arcueid.git), you
need the following prerequisites installed:
- The autotools: autoconf, automake, and libtool.
- GNU MP and any development headers (libgmp and
libgmp-dev on Ubuntu/Debian)
- GNU Check (http://check.sourceforge.net, available
under the package name 'check' on Ubuntu)
- GNU Readline and any development headers
- pkg-config (http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/pkg-config,
pkg-config on Ubuntu/Debian)
You need all of this since the process will create a
complete configure script and all the development
dependency headers are required for it to generate the
rules for all the checks configure has to perform. Once
all these prerequisites are installed run 'autoreconf
-i' in the main directory. This should generate a
configure script and Makefile.in's, and from there it
should be possible to do ./configure ; make ; make
Well, there's some interesting stuff in the present git head, such as nested quasiquotes and some stability fixes (stomping out memory leakage and such), although be warned that it isn't always 100% stable.