Python in Debian
Within the Debian project Python packages are maintained by individual developers and three main teams :
pkg-python maintains the Python compiler/interpreter package.
Debian Python Modules Team maintains Python modules and extensions.
Python Applications Packaging Team maintains some Python applications.
There are also :
debian-python mailing list with all development discussions
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/.
if you want to maintain a Python package, you have to know how the Debian Development works.
- 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.