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Python in Debian

Within the Debian project Python packages are maintained by individual developers and three main teams :

There are also :

Supported Python Versions

Debian's latest release Lenny contains multiple Python versions: 2.5 (the default) and 2.4.

?Python 2.6 as default is a goal for squeeze

Debian Python Policy for Python developers

The Debian Python Policy describes conventions for packaging and distributing Python code in Debian.

The official text is located at http://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/python-policy/.

Feel free to ask any questions on debian-python@l.d.o mailing list and contribute to ?DebianPython/Tutorial.

if you want to maintain a Python package, you have to know how the Debian Development works.

Current problems

  • Tests from distributed packages are usually stripped, so it is not possible for user to run them to ensure that package works as expected. This assumes that package maintainers run tests for all possible system configurations. This also makes troubleshooting harder.

See also