How do I create a deb package for a single python script?

I have a single python script that I want to distribute as a deb package. It is a indicator which shows local date in Unity panel. I did follow create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries but I could not create a deb package because it fails.

Can someone give me a step-by-step instruction on what I should do? As far as I know this script depends on python-appindicator.

I do not want any links to Debian/Ubuntu packaging instructions. I have seen most of them. I don't find them beginner friendly.

Answers 7

  • What follows is a basic example of how a source package for a python script might look. While most of the packaging tutorials are a bit complex, they can really help if you hit a problem. That said, I first learned the basics of Debian packaging by simply looking at Debian packages. apt-get source something similar and learn by example.

    Here's your basic source package layout:

        -- myScript
        -- debian/
            -- changelog
            -- copyright
            -- compat
            -- rules
            -- control
            -- install

    Run dch --create in the directory to create a properly formatted debian/changelog entry.

    debian/copyright should look like:

    Upstream-Name: myScript
    Upstream-Contact: Name, <email@address>
    Files: *
    Copyright: 2011, Name, <email@address>
    License: (GPL-2+ | LGPL-2 | GPL-3 | whatever)
     Full text of licence.
     Unless there is a it can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses

    debian/compat can just be: 7


    #!/usr/bin/make -f
        dh $@ --with python2

    Note that there must be "tab" before dh $@ --with python2, not spaces.


    Source: my-script
    Section: python
    Priority: optional
    Maintainer: Name, <email@address>
    Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 7),
                   python (>= 2.6.6-3~)
    Standards-Version: 3.9.2
    X-Python-Version: >= 2.6
    Package: my-script
    Architecture: all
    Section: python
    Depends: python-appindicator, ${misc:Depends}, ${python:Depends}
    Description: short description
     A long description goes here.
     It can contain multiple paragraphs


    myScript usr/bin/

    This file indicates which file will be installed into which folder.

    Now build it with debuild --no-tgz-check

    This will create a functional deb package. Lintian is going to throw a few warnings regarding the lack of an orig.tar.gz, but unless you plan on creating a proper upstream project that makes tarball releases you'll probably just want to ignore that for now.

    1. create a folder with any name on your home eg: mypyscript
    2. Open the folder and create two folders with names 'DEBIAN' and 'usr'
    3. Open the folder DEBIAN. Create a text file (without extension) with name 'control' there.
    4. Open 'control' and type as follows and save it on DEBIAN

      Package: mypyscript
      Version: 0.01
      Architecture: all
      Maintainer: your name<your mail id>
      Installed-Size: 2
      Depends: python-appindicator
      Section: extras
      Priority: optional
      Homepage: your homepage
      Description: describe
    5. Back to the folder named mypyscript. Open 'usr'. Create a folder named 'bin'. Open 'bin' and paste your pythonscript file there.

    6. You can also make a menu entry. But that is not essential.
    7. Back to the home folder where the folder 'mypyscript' lies or close the file browser.
    8. Open terminal. Be sure that terminal is in the home folder. type dpkg -b mypyscript .Then press enter. In seconds your deb package is ready

    note: please fill the 'control' file properly. Don't use apostrophes. It is only for indicating the names.

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