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stdeb 0.3.2 and 0.4.1

From:  Andrew Straw <>
To:, distutils-sig Distutils <>
Subject:  [ANN] stdeb 0.3.2 and 0.4.1
Date:  Sun, 04 Oct 2009 11:13:43 -0700
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stdeb produces Debian source packages from Python packages via a new
distutils command, sdist_dsc. Automatic defaults are provided for the
Debian package, but many aspects of the resulting package can be
customized via a configuration file. An additional command, bdist_deb,
creates a Debian binary package, a .deb file.


This email announces releases 0.3.2 and 0.4.1.

release 0.4.1 download:
release 0.3.2 download:

Release 0.4.1 adds new features, conveniences and bug fixes to the
recently released, but unannounced 0.4 release. These two releases move
stdeb to use debhelper 7 (and therefore require at least Ubuntu
Intrepid, Debian Lenny, or the use of backports). This use of debhelper
7 allows the auto-generated debian/rules file to be greatly simplified.
stdeb 0.4 also switches to python-support from pycentral. If you do not
need to migrate packages from earlier versions of stdeb, it is
recommended to use the "--pycentral-backwards-compatibility=false"
command-line argument. See the changelog[1] and release notes[2] for
more information.


Release 0.3.2 (and the unannounced 0.3.1) are maintenance releases for
the old-stable branch, which works with older distributions such as
Ubuntu Hardy. These releases added the bdist_deb command. See the
changelog[3] for more information.


As always, the venue for discussion of stdeb is the distutils mailing
list at

Thanks to all who have helped stdeb for these and previous releases:


* Andrew Straw <>
* Pedro Algarvio, aka, s0undt3ch <>
* Gerry Reno (initial bdist_deb implementation)

Additional Credits

* Zooko O'Whielacronx for the autofind-depends patch
* Brett (last name unknown) for the --ignore-install-requires patch
* Ximin Luo for a bug fix
* Alexander D. Sedov for bug fixes and suggestions
* GitHub for hosting services.
* WebFaction (aka python-hosting) for previous hosting services.


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