Seems this wasn't strictly necessary according to pythonsupport's docs: *** You don't need X[BS]-Python-Version fields. You don't need *** *** debian/pycompat. You don't need to call dh_python after *** *** dh_pysupport. Just remove all of these. *** However python-central still uses them. So the DebianPython policy should be updated accordingly. See: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPython/NewPolicy Sincerely, Henrik.