Can't install dpkg on Linux 2.6.18

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have a virtual machine that I am trying to use. It doesn't seem to have dpkg or apt-get, so I downloaded the source from http://packages.debian.org/sid/dpkg-dev. If I run ./configure followed by make I get $ make make all-recursive make[1]: Entering directory `/home/dbadmin/temp/dpkg-1.16.8' Making all in lib make[2]: Entering directory `/home/dbadmin/temp/dpkg-1.16.8/lib' Making all in compat make[3]: Entering directory `/home/dbadmin/temp/dpkg-1.16.8/lib/compat' CC empty.o cc1: error: unrecognized command line option "-Wvla" make[3]: *** [empty.o] Error 1 make[3]: Leaving director (HowTos)