How to get packager sponsorship

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Sun Jan 12 09:29:54 UTC 2014

Some thoughts:

There is a growing number of people in the NEEDSPONSOR queue, who have
submitted a single package only and who don't attempt at doing a review of
a different package in the various queues (not even a review of the own

Many packager sponsors consider that a problem. I'm not the spokesperson
of all packager sponsors, though. ;)

It is not mandatory to hang out on IRC in hope of getting to know packager
sponsors. Not all packager sponsors hang out on IRC either. So, what may
work for some people may be seen as a hindrance by other new packagers.

Following the various options in the HOWTO and searching the Fedora
Account System (FAS) for packager sponsors has worked before, but requires
a minimum amount of activity prior to contacting a packager sponsor

I highly recommend people in the NEEDSPONSOR queue to attempt at reviewing
other packages in the NEW queue and to show at least some motivation.
Especially if the self-submitted package is not free of packaging mistakes.
Use the help of tools, such as "fedora-review". Mention whether you've
looked at mock and koji already. Please don't sit and wait for a sponsor
for months without even trying to do a self-review of your own package.

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