This is publicfile-installer. It consists of scripts to convert
publicfile 0.52, as supplied by Daniel J. Bernstein at
http://cr.yp.to/publicfile/publicfile-0.52.tar.gz to a binary package for
Very likely, the publicfile-installer Debian package is what you're
looking for. Not the publicfile-installer .tar.gz tarball.
If you _really_ want to use the tarball: Install it by running
make prefix=/tmp/ install
make DESTDIR=/tmp/ install
Thanks to Justin B Rye for reporting a security issue in
publicfile-installer <= 0.10.
--Joost van Baal-Ilić