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Make egg metadata information available for Debian packaging

Project description

Tools for introspecting Python package metadata and translating the resulting information into Debian metadata. This information is translated:

  • Setuptools version numbers to Debian format that sorts correctly
  • Setuptools package names to Debian binary and source package names
  • Setuptools dependencies to Debian dependencies

This package provides a van-pydeb binary which provides a way to access the information from shell scripts. A python based API is also available for python programs to use.


To extract the dependency info of this package, one can run the following command after setting up buildout:

$ ./bin/van-pydeb depends --egg-info van.pydeb.egg-info
python-setuptools, python-van

This information can then used in a debian/rules file as follows:

(echo -n 'setuptools:Depends=' && van-pydeb depends --egg-info debian/$(PACKAGE)/usr/lib/python$*/site-packages/$(EGG_NAME).egg-info) >> debian/$(PACKAGE).substvars

There ary many different methods of using this command, such as getting the dependencies (including the extra dependencies) of the package:

van-pydeb depends --egg-info debian/$(PACKAGE)/usr/lip/python$*/$(EGG_NAME).egg-info

Or, the dependencies of an extra:

van-pydeb depends --egg-info debian/$(PACKAGE)/usr/lip/python$*/$(EGG_NAME).egg-info --extra $(EXTRA)

The dependencies of 2 extras:

van-pydeb depends --egg-info debian/$(PACKAGE)/usr/lip/python$*/$(EGG_NAME).egg-info --extra $(EXTRA) --extra $(EXTRA2)

The dependencies of a package excluding the dependencies of extras:

van-pydeb depends --egg-info debian/$(PACKAGE)/usr/lip/python$*/$(EGG_NAME).egg-info --exclude-extra $(EXTRA1) --exclude-extra $(EXTRA2)


The code for van.pydeb is housed in subversion at


1.2.1 (2009-06-15)

  • Add mapping for ZConfig and RestrictedPython.
  • Change default Debian binary to python package name conversion. The original package name will be used if there is no python-prefix. This works with packages such as buildbot which do not include the python-. The previous version errored in this case, so we’re backwards compatible :)

1.2.0 (2009-05-29)

  • Improve README.txt. Thanks to Fabio Tranchitella for a better looking way of calling van-pydeb in the rules file.

  • Expose version and package name conversion functions via the command line interface. e.g. This command will print out the debian binary package name:

    $ van-pydeb py_to_bin foo

1.1.0 (2009-05-26)

  • Obligatory “How could I have done that” release smoothing out documentation bugs and making the command line options more complete.

1.0.0 (2009-05-26)

  • Initial Release.

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