Well, yesterday I couldn't face it at all. I just sort of cowered and avoided work.
Today, however, I managed the infamous prawn build on a new platform in only eight or nine tries.
First, find the files. Then type make. Fails per expectations. Set up missing environment variables for netcdf.
Fails cryptically. Discover that while pgf90 is obviously portland fortran, cc is not pgcc. Hack the makefile.
Fails, unable to include netcdf.inc . Mysterious, as the include path is correctly set from the first step. Find netcdf.inc and copy it to working directory
Your tax dollars at work. FML.