This post will show you how to quickly package any python software for debian or ubuntu.
The magic comes from stdeb
The first step is to install it:
$ sudo apt-get install python-stdeb
stdeb can download, package and install any python software hosted on PyPi using the pypi-install command. It works almost like easy_install or pip.
$ pypi-install Werkzeug
You can check that the package is installed:
$ dpkg -l | grep werkzeug ii python-werkzeug 0.6.2-1 The Swiss Army knife of Python web developme
If you want more control on the buildprocess and access the debian source package, you must follow theses steps:
First you must find and download the archive of the software you want to package:
# http://pypi.python.org/pypi/Jinja2/2.4.1 $ wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/J/Jinja2/Jinja2-2.4.1.tar.gz
Now we will create the debian source package with py2dsc
$ py2dsc Jinja2-2.4.1.tar.gz
The source package is in the deb_dist folder. If you want to build the binary package with debuild:
$ cd deb_dist/jinja2-2.4.1/ $ debuild
You now have python-jinja2_2.4.1-1_all.deb in deb_dist! Happy packaging ;)