Debian Wheezy Binary Installation
For the impatient and those that just don't want to bother with compiling from source in order to use a newer version of Xastir, there's a user provided binary package that can be installed with only a few mouse clicks.
The binary package for Xastir that is available in the Debian Wheezy repository is based on the stable released version from December, 2012, which does not include the early 2013 update that enables compatibility with Berkely DB versions 5.0 and above. Map cacheing does not work properly without the update.
Providing a more up to date alternative, the latest user-provided Xastir binary can be downloaded via the link below:
There are various ways to install the deb package after downloading, and what means are available can depend on what desktop is being used. On method that is consistent regardless of the desktop in use is to install it with gdebi. Gdebi can be installed using the following commands from the terminal (via the root user).
apt-get update apt-get install gdebi
(If gdebi is already installed, the apt-get application will simply report that and not try to install anything)
Once downloaded, installing the Xastir package is as simple as right clicking on the .deb file and selecting "install with gdebi".
The package will installed by the GUI installer, gdebi, which automatically installs any required dependencies.