Today, debhelper 10 was uploaded to unstable and is coming to a mirror near you “really soon now”. The actual changes between version “9.20160814” and version “10” are rather modest. However, it does mark the completion of debhelper compat 10, which has been under way since early 2012.
Some highlights from compat 10 include:
- The dh sequence in compat 10 automatically regenerate autotools files via dh_autoreconf
- The dh sequence in compat 10 includes the dh-systemd debhelper utilities
- dh sequencer based packages now defaults to building in parallel (i.e. “–parallel” is default in compat 10)
- dh_installdeb now properly shell-escapes maintscript arguments.
For the full list of changes in compat 10, please review the contents of the debhelper(7) manpage. Beyond that, you may also want to upgrade your lintian to 2.5.47 as it is the first version that knows that compat 10 is stable.