It gave an error message about unmet deps, libiconv. I had to compile this http://www.gnu.org/software/libiconv/ to get it running, even tho I tried installing it with --ignore-dep option. Someone should package this for repos for future's sake.
Actually, it was taken out after 5.8 because it caused all kinds of mayhem. Not exactly sure what was the cause, but I think it had to do something with libiconv and gnu iconv not being completely compatible. Fact is, it caused all sorts of nasty trouble when trying to build some programs.