OFTEN there are no compilers, make, autoconf in an installation... so most likely you'll want the gcc, gnu c compiler...
sudo apt-get install build-essential
to run configure
sudo apt-get install automake
sudo apt-get install make
http://packages.debian.org/lenny/make dpkg -i make_3.81-5_i386.deb
I downloaded make from the debian package website and it worked fine (I didn't need any dependencies)...
http://packages.debian.org/lenny/build-essential build-essential depends on make g++ -> cpp libc 6.1
automake1.x, autoconf, cpp-x.x, gcc-x.x,
xlibs-dev, libx11-dev, kdelibs4-dev, kdebase-dev, libqt3-mt-dev, linux-kernel-headers kdebase-dev and anything that says libqt3