[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#590821: Ubuntu patch for Debian bug #590821

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Fri Jan 21 18:46:53 UTC 2011

Here's how I'm fixing this in Ubuntu 11.04[1].

I actually brought up the python-dev discussion referred to here.  It's clear
that __debug__ was always considered a reserved name, and it was a bug in
Python < 2.7 that assignment to it was allowed.  Python 2.7 tightened the
restriction to its original intent[2], disallowing assignment to it even when
it is used as an attribute.  So the package definitely needs fixing.

A note about the patch: mgltools does not currently have a patch system,
despite the commented out inclusion of simple-patchsys.mk in debian/rules.
It's considered bad form to add a patch system, so instead of uncommenting the
include and adding a patch, I modified the source directly.  The Debian
maintainer may of course elect to do it differently.


[2] http://bugs.python.org/issue9438

--- mgltools-viewerframework-1.5.4.cvs.20100912.orig/ViewerFramework/VF.py
+++ mgltools-viewerframework-1.5.4.cvs.20100912/ViewerFramework/VF.py
@@ -257,10 +257,8 @@
         self.hasGui = gui
-        global __debug__
         self.withShell = withShell
         self.trapExceptions = trapExceptions
-        self.__debug__ = 0
         # create a socket communication object
             self.socketComm = Comm()
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