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Linux 2.6 - man page for dh_python2 (linux section 1)

DH_PYTHON2()									     DH_PYTHON2()

       dh_python2  -  calculates  Python  dependencies,  adds  maintainer scripts to byte compile
       files, etc.

       dh_python2 -p PACKAGE [-V [X.Y][-][A.B]] DIR_OR_FILE [-X REGEXPR]

       o if  necessary,  describe  supported  Python  versions	via  X-Python-Version  field   in

       o build-depend on python or python-all or python-all-dev (>= 2.6.6-3~),

       o build	module/application  using its standard build system, remember to build extensions
	 for all supported Python versions (loop over pyversions -vr),

       o install files to the standard locations, add --install-layout=deb to setup.py's  install
	 command if your package is using distutils,

       o add python2 to dh's --with option, or:

       o include  /usr/share/cdbs/1/class/python-distutils.mk  in debian/rules and depend on cdbs
	 (>= 0.4.90), or:

       o call dh_python2 in the binary-* target,

       o add ${python:Depends} to Depends,

       In order to support more than one Python version in the same  binary  package,  dh_python2
       (unlike	dh_pycentral  and dh_pysupport) creates symlinks to all supported Python versions
       at build time. It means binNMU (or sourceful upload in case  of	architecture  independent
       packages)  is required once a list of supported Python version is changed. It's faster and
       more robust than its competitors, though.

       dh_python2 tries to translate Python dependencies from requires.txt file to Debian  depen-
       dencies,  use  debian/pydist-overrides or --no-guessing-deps option to override it. If you
       want dh_python2 to generate more strict dependencies (f.e. to avoid ABI	problems)  create
       debian/python-foo.pydist  file.	See  /usr/share/doc/python-doc/README.PyDist (provided by
       python-doc package) for more information.

   namespace feature
       dh_python2 parses Egg's namespace_packages.txt files (in addition to  --namespace  command
       line  argument(s))  and	drops empty __init__.py files from binary package. pycompile will
       regenerates them at install time and pyclean  will  remove  them  at  uninstall	time  (if
       they're	no  longer  used  in  installed  packages).  It's  still  a  good idea to provide
       __init__.py file in one of binary packages (even if all other packages use this feature).

   private dirs
       /usr/share/foo, /usr/share/games/foo, /usr/lib/foo and /usr/lib/games/foo private directo-
       ries  are  scanned for Python files by default (where foo is binary package name). If your
       package is shipping Python files in some other directory, add another dh_python2  call  in
       debian/rules  with directory name as an argument - you can use different set of options in
       this call. If you need to change options (f.e. a list of supported Python versions) for	a
       private directory that is checked by default, invoke dh_python2 with --skip-private option
       and add another call with a path to this directory and new options.

   pyinstall files
       Files listed in debian/pkg.pyinstall file will be installed  as	public	modules  for  all
       requested  Python versions (dh_install doesn't know about python's site- vs. dist-packages

       Syntax: "path/to/file [VERSION_RANGE]  [NAMESPACE]".  debian  directory	is  automatically
       removed	from  the path, so you can place your files in debian/ directory and install them
       from this location (if you want to install them in "debian" namespace,  set  NAMESPACE  to
       debian).  If  NAMESPACE	is  set,  all  listed  files  will be installed in .../dist-pack-
       ages/NAMESPACE/ directory.


       o foo.py (installs .../dist-packages/foo.py for all supported Python versions)

       o foo/bar.py 2.6- (installs .../dist-packages/foo/bar.py for versions >= 2.6)

       o foo/bar.py spam (installs .../dist-packages/spam/bar.py)

       o debian/*.py spam.egg 2.5 (installs .../python2.5/site-packages/spam/egg/*.py files)

   pyremove files
       If you want to remove some files installed by build system (from all supported Python ver-
       sions or only from a subset of these versions), add them to debian/pkg.pyremove file.


       o *.pth (removes .pth files from .../dist-packages/)

       o bar/baz.py 2.5 (removes .../python2.5/site-packages/bar/baz.py)

	      show program's version number and exit

       -h, --help
	      show help message and exit

	      disable guessing other supported Python versions

	      disable guessing dependencies

	      do not remove any files from debug packages

	      don't check private directories

       -v, --verbose
	      turn verbose mode on

       -i, --indep
	      act on architecture independent packages

       -a, --arch
	      act on architecture dependent packages

       -q, --quiet
	      be quiet

       -p PACKAGE, --package=PACKAGE
	      act on the package named PACKAGE

       -N NO_PACKAGE, --no-package=NO_PACKAGE
	      do not act on the specified package

       -V VRANGE
	      specify list of supported Python versions. See pycompile(1) for examples

       -X REGEXPR, --exclude=REGEXPR
	      exclude  items  that match given REGEXPR. You may use this option multiple times to
	      build up a list of things to exclude.

	      compile all files from given private directory in postinst/rtupdate  not	just  the
	      ones  provided  by  the  package	(i.e.  do  not	pass  the  --package parameter to

	      translate  given	requirements  into  Debian   dependencies   and   add	them   to
	      ${python:Depends}. Use it for missing items in requires.txt

	      translate given requirements into Debian dependencies and add them to ${python:Rec-

	      translate given requirements into Debian dependencies and add them to ${python:Sug-

	      use  this option (multiple time if necessary) if namespace_packages.txt is not com-

	      ignore Egg's namespace declaration and --namespace option. This option will disable
	      removing	(and recreating at install time) empty __init__.py files. Removing names-
	      pace_packages.txt from egg-info directory has the same effect.

	      generate maintainer script that will remove byte code generated  by  python-central

	      do not translate shebangs into Debian dependencies

       o /usr/share/doc/python/python-policy.txt.gz

       o /usr/share/doc/python-doc/README.PyDist (python-doc package)

       o pycompile(1), pyclean(1)

       o dh_python3(1), py3compile(1), py3clean(1)

       o Wiki	     page	 about	      converting       package	     to       dh_python2:


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