apt-get build-dep

This could have saved me a lot of time building packages from source, had I known about it in the past. It’s mentioned on the firefox build page:

apt-get build-dep mypackage

Fetches and installs the build dependencies for a package. So much easier then repeating this over and over:

./configure
...
error: missing libFoo

sudo apt-get install libfoo-dev

./configure
...
error: missing libFoo

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