Transitioning Python 2 helpers to dh_python2

Micah Gersten micahg at
Sun Jun 12 06:58:46 UTC 2011

On 06/09/2011 01:25 PM, Barry Warsaw wrote:
> One of the blueprints for Oneiric centers around transitioning our Python
> packages to use the dh_python helpers. For Python 3, there's no
question that
> dh_python3 is the helper to use.
> For Python 2, we have three helpers. dh_python2 is the new goodness and we
> want to transition all our Python 2 packages to use it. python-central is
> deprecated in Debian, so this transition should be uncontroversial.
> python-support is not deprecated, so in Debian it is up to the
maintainer to
> accept patches to move to dh_python2.
> At the very least, we would like to remove python-central and
> from the Oneiric CDs. Ideally, we'd be able to get rid of them from Ubuntu
> altogether.
> Here's where you can help!
> This wiki page is the central place for coordinating the transition in
> and this is the blueprint that tracks the work:
> If you're looking to build your packaging cred by helping with the
> transitions, I am willing to help sponsor your work. Take a look at the
> packages listed on the various pages and bugs, and try to convert them to
> dh_python2. If you can submit a merge proposal, that would be fantastic;
> please add me as a reviewer (Launchpad ID: barry) and I'll sponsor your
> if it looks good.
> My recommendation would be to start with the packages that are on one
of the
> CDs, and which only use pysupport or pycentral on Ubuntu. Those we can
> in Ubuntu without coordination through Debian. Then move on to the
> packages on the Ubuntu CDs, followed by the pysupport packages on the
CD. For
> these, please do check with Debian 1) to see if there is a newer version of
> the package that now uses dh_python2; 2) to submit a patch for pycentral
> packages or check with the Debian maintainer for pysupport packages.
> Thanks, and feel free to ping me on IRC (nick: barry) if you have any
> questions.
> My wiki page referenced above has links to the Debian wiki pages that
> instructions on how to do the migrations.
> Cheers,
> -Barry

Hi, would you be interested in having a transition set up in our
transition tracker [1] for this?


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