Swig is broken in Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial)

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If you’re building a swig Python module and encounter errors like:

where Foobar is some class that is being wrapped, then you are encountering a swig-3.08 bug.  Unfortunately this is still the official package in Ubuntu 16.04.  You can vote for the issue here.

Until the package is updated, one can download and manually install an updated swig package by following the following recipe:


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