How Do You Troubleshoot the Problem “No package ‘Luajit’ Found” When Attempting to Install Snort?

Problem scenario
You install the Lua Just-In-Time package named luajit (e.g., with sudo apt-get -y install luajit).  You are trying to install Snort.  When you run the ./configure script, you get this error:

-- Checking for module 'luajit'
--   No package 'luajit' found
CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-3.5/Modules/FindPackageHandleStandardArgs.cmake:148 (message):


You tried this:

./ --with-luajit-libraries=/usr/share/luajit-2.0.4/jit/ --with-luajit-includes=/usr/bin

But that command failed too.

This is a work around.  Installing snort from source can be difficult.  Run these two commands:
sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt -y install snort

If you are using a RedHat derivative, you may want to get a binary file to install it (e.g, from

To confirm snort was installed, run this:

snort --version

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