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I came across this answer: How do I create a deb package for a single python script?

Which is extremely helpful and well detailed. I have everything except the install file. In that post the user is installing a single .py file to /usr/bin. I need to install a module to /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages

How should my install file be different?

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In the debian/install file, add this line (or only use this line, if there aren't any others in there):

moduleFileName /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/

You basically use the same line format for each file (or directory):

filename /path/to/destination/
  • forgive my ignorance but how does it know to copy the init.py and *.py. Say the module is called calc and I have calc.py and init.py and utils.py? – Sam Hammamy Jan 23 '15 at 16:27
  • You can write a line for each file, if they have to go to different destinations, or you could write *.py if they can all go into the same directory. – s3lph Jan 23 '15 at 16:33

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