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The canonical way of making a local modification to a package.

Hi Debian User!

 I write to you, because it's that time again. You know, we've gotten a
brand new release, and I have to spend yet a day or two in frustration over
why python isn't enabled in the inn2 package.

 This time, however, I want to ask beforehand, what the proper way of doing
such a local modification is. Strictly speaking, I need to add a single line
to debian/rules, and for good measure, add to the version string (so I know
that it's my own problem), and for good measure, throw in a snide comment in
the changelog about deficient distro defaults. The ideal solution would be
something that can be scripted to happen automatically, each time the
package in Stretch change version.

 Can anyone give me the ELI5 instructions for the above?