For those that may find this thread in the future:
Ubuntu 10.04 is where I started and had problems compiling.
CentOS5.5 was tried with similar results.
Crux 2.7 CD was in the stack but I do not recall why I moved on.
Arch Linux 2010.05 was installed. Once again, the latest version was downloaded, dgap-1.3-20. Unpacked the rpm and tgz files. Configure, make, make install, postinstall, and mpi all ran without any visible problems.