This one does not even use .configure. Seems like the installer just copies ASCII files (perl scripts and modules) to various locations on the drive. Like I said, just running "make install" in the extracted directory results in a functioning application.
I presume the file "makefile" is what controls the actions. It contains "prefix =/usr". I made a change in it to create an rc.file, and that got picked up by checkinstall.
When I look inside the resulting .tlz file, I see /etc, /install and /usr, and the files that get copied in the process, but no /var.