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autoconf improvements, fixing Ubuntu 16.04 build and probably many more #2979
I've put in a lot of effort in the last 2 days to make nix build well from the source repo with a bootstrap build (not depending on nix).
This should greatly improve the situation for Linux distribution packagers, as well as of people who want to quickly contribute to nix (e.g. by improving the manual) without having to have a full nix setup first.
This should fix at least the following long-standing issues, and probably many more:
Includes the commit from (and thus subsumes) PR #1201.
I recommend to review the changes commit-by-commit, as I've taken care to write useful commit messages.
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Jul 3, 2019
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