[ubuntu] How to install ./configure

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I am posting in Ubuntu although I have a problem using ./configure for *.bz2 files etc . Mint - this OS seems to be based on the same principles, perhaps and my hope is that someone will have a solution in either forum, or that there is none. For example I want to update quicktime in firefox but I can't get sudo aptitude install * to work in a terminal, although this worked for firefox. I downloaded the *.bz2 file but ./configure is not recognized. Is there a way to add this function? (Hardware)