[issue1054967] bdist_deb - Debian packager

Andrew Straw report at bugs.python.org
Thu Apr 29 20:21:46 CEST 2010

Andrew Straw <astraw at users.sourceforge.net> added the comment:

Barry, I'm sorry I still don't understand what you think is the essential distinction. A debian source package (.dsc, .orig.tar.gz, and .diff.gz files) is simply made from a (patched) source directory, including the debian/ directory, and an upstream tarball. To build this sdist_dsc must of course make the debian/ directory. Thus, it "takes a non-Debianized source tree and turn it into a native [Debian source] package, essentially by pre-filling a debian/ directory like dh_make does, but including additional metadata available in the setup.py". Then, once it done this, it calls "dpkg-buildpackage -S" to turn this filesystem structure into the actual source package. If your final goal is simply the filesystem structure rather than the Debian source package (.dsc, .orig.tar.gz and .diff.gz), then it seems like it would be easier to refactor stdeb to stop before calling dpkg-buildpackage rather than writing a whole new alternate way of generating the debian/ directory based on the contents of setup.py.

So I'm afraid I still don't understand what you want setupdebian to do that stdeb does not.


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