stdeb produces Debian source packages from Python packages via a new distutils command, sdist_dsc. Automatic defaults are provided for the Debian package, but many aspects of the resulting package can be customized. An additional command, bdist_deb, creates a Debian binary package, a .deb file.
Two convenience utilities are also provided. pypi-install will query the Python Package Index (PyPI) for a package, download it, create a .deb from it, and then install the .deb. py2dsc will convert a distutils-built source tarball into a Debian source package.
This email announces release 0.5.0.
Highlights for this release (you may also wish to consult the full changelog):
* A new pypi-install script will automatically download, make a .deb, and install packages from the Python Package Index (PyPI).
* Removal of the setuptools dependency.
* New option (--guess-conflicts-provides-replaces) to query original Debian packages for Conflicts/Provides/Replaces information.
* As a result of these changes and to fix a couple bugs/warts, some minor backwards incompatible changes and deprecations were made. Please check the release notes: http://github.com/astraw/stdeb/blob/release-0.5.0/RELEASE_NOTES.txt
The full changelog is here: http://github.com/astraw/stdeb/blob/release-0.5.0/CHANGELOG.txt