Partial dh_python2 transitions

Matthias Klose doko at
Thu Jun 16 22:43:45 UTC 2011

On 06/16/2011 05:29 PM, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hey Mike,
> Michael Terry [2011-06-16 11:17 -0400]:
>> Hello!  I was just considering how a dh_python2 transition for the
>> various ubuntuone python modules would work.  They all install into
>> the ubuntuone module, so would need to be updated at the same time.
>> Is there a recommended way to avoid the problem of users partially
>> upgrading (either from builds finishing separately or specifically
>> apt-get installing only some of the packages) and having mixed tool
>> usage?
> We (as in pkg-gnome) indeed had the very same problem for pygobject,
> gnome-python, and various other packages, which install/share a
> "gtk-2.0" sub-namespace. What I did was:
>   * debian/rules: Install a library search path for a pysupport compatible
>     gtk-2.0 directory, to avoid instantly breaking all reverse dependencies.
>     This needs to stay until they get converted to dh_python2.
> in debian/rules:
>         # until all reverse dependencies of pygobject have been converted to
>         # dh_python2, install a library search path which is backwards
>         # compatible to pysupport (see Debian#614764)
>         echo "/usr/lib/pymodules/python$*/gtk-2.0/" > $(CURDIR)/debian/python-gobject-dev/$(call py_libdir_sh, $*)/gtk-2.0-pysupport-compat.pth
> With this search path, a gtk-2.0 submodule can be in either
> /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/gtk-2.0 (pysupport) or
> /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0 (dh_python2/upstream python).
> It's a hack, but we considered it good enough, and much better than
> having to transition some 10 packages in lockstep.

I would be surprised if it does work. if a namespace package is involved, you'll
need the in the two places too.

so please do not consider this hack for any further "transition", but use the
Breaks approach, and/or prepare a series of uploads in a PPA.


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