Glad you found this file :) The toplevel makefile (in this directory, not the src directory) has all the magic you need to build pike directly from CVS. Just type 'make'. You will need autoconf, automake, gnu m4, bison, a C compiler and the GMP library. You probably also want to use GNU make and libz.
If that doesn't work, or you like making things difficult for yourself, try the Old instructions: After checking out the files from CVS you will notice that some files are missing compared to a regular distribution... To bootstrap your Pike development environment you must do the following steps: 1) cd src ; ./run_autoconfig This creates configure files and Makefile.in files.