You might find yourself wanting to install Bug Genie, or some other such newfangled toy onto Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid”.

You might find yourself stonewalled at the suggestion that your PCRE version (7.8) doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of 8.x

You might then have found yourself here.

The solution is thankfully straightforward. Just add the precise pangolin repo temporarily to your apt sources and install via apt.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Comment out all the lines by placing a # at the start of each one. Then add the following to the end:

deb precise main restricted universe multiverse

Ctrl+X then ‘y’ to save from nano, then do:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libpcre3

Then go back and restore your apt sources.list to its former state, and run apt-get update again.