The instructions How to Build F-Spot from HEAD are mostly correct for Ubuntu/Edgy and Ubuntu/Feisty, but leave out a number of packages that need to be installed before autogen.sh is run.
Be sure to also install the following packages:
sudo apt-get install mono-devel \
libglib2.0-dev libmono-dev libmono-system-runtime2.0-cil \
libexif-dev libgnomeui-dev liblcms1-dev libgphoto2-2-dev \
And instead of
make install, use
make -k install since it will attempt to run scrollkeeper which attempts to update /var/lib/scrollkeeper/scrollkeeper_docs.
The offending line is:
scrollkeeper-update -p /var/lib/scrollkeeper -o /home/marc/unstable/f-spot/share/omf/f-spot