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Re: Next python-mote pre-condition - issue with pybuild: python-backports.tempfile conflicting python-backports.weakref

On Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at 17:45:33 +0000, peter green wrote:
> > However, in Debian case, I do not know how this can be handled as
> > 2 packages cannot hold the same file (even if __init__ is only an empty
> > file), and at least one must be present (if you install only one).

The Python jargon is that the "backports" shared by backports.tempfile
and backports.weakref is a "namespace package".

For Python 2, dh_python2 handles this: python-lazr.restfulclient and
python-lazr.uri are an example of cooperating packages that share a
namespace package.

For Python >= 3.3, the __init__.py is unnecessary due to

> I'm not a python expert but I expect the least-horrible way to do this
> would be to ship a package that only contained the __init__. Then have
> all the python-backports.* packages depend on it.

This is not necessary, and would probably (hopefully?) lead to rejection
from the NEW queue.


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