After not packaging for over a year, I've forgot many things about packaging. This page should be a quick index to the answer questions about packaging for people that generally know how to package, but need a quick answer to a specific question.

Initial checks of upstream source

How do I scan the package for DFSG compliance?

licensecheck -r . from package devscripts, ohcount should work, but currently doesn't for me...

Initial debianization

What's the name format for orig tarballs?

<packagename>-<version>.orig.tar.gz (or gz replaces with ... see dpkg-source)

How should I format the version when packaging a VCS snapshot?

Have a look at man git-describe

What's the common tag format?

from man git-buildpackage : Debian version tag: debian/<version> upstream version tag: upstream/<version>