Most information here (probably 1.4 and later) is not updated for pkgdb2 and therefore not correct anymore.

TODO: This whole SOP needs a revision

Creating New Packages

Package creation is mostly automatic and most details are handled by a script.

Obtaining process-git-requests

The script is not currently packaged; lives in the rel-eng git repository. You can check it out with:

git clone

and keep this up to date by running:

git pull

occasionally somewhere in the checked-out tree occasionally before processing new requests.

The script lives in scripts/process-git-requests.


You must have the python-bugzilla and python-fedora packages installed.

Before running process-git-requests, you should run:

bugzilla login

The "Username" you will be prompted for is the email address attached to your bugzilla account. This will obtain a cookie so that the script can update bugzilla tickets. The cookie is good for quite some time (at least a month); if you wish to remove it, delete the ~/.bugzillacookies file.

It is also advantageous to have your Fedora ssh key loaded so that you can ssh into without being prompted for a password.

It perhaps goes without saying that you will need unfirewalled and unproxied access to ports 22, 80 and 443 on various Fedora machines.

Running the script

Simply execute the process-git-requests script and follow the prompts. It can provide the text of all comments in the bugzilla ticket for inspection and will perform various useful checks on the ticket and the included SCM request. If there are warnings present, you will need to accept them before being allowed to process the request.

Note that the script only looks at the final request in a ticket; this permits users to tack on a new request at any time and re-raise the fedora-cvs flag. Packagers do not always understand this, though, so it is necessary to read through the ticket contents to make sure that’s the request matches reality.

After a request has been accepted, the script will create the package in pkgdb (which may require your password) and attempt to log into the SCM server to create the repository. If this does not succeed, the package name is saved and when you finish processing a command line will be output with instructions on creating the repositories manually. If you hit Crtl-C or the script otherwise aborts, you may miss this information. If so, see below for information on running on the SCM server; you will need to run it for each package you created.

Steps for manual processing

It is still useful to document the process of handling these requests manually in the case that process-git-requests has issues.

  1. Check Bugzilla Ticket to make sure it looks ok

  2. Add the package information to the packagedb with pkgdb-client

  3. Use pkgdb2branch to create the branches on the cvs server

Do not run multiple instances of pkgdb2branch in parallel! This will cause them to fail due to mismatching 'modules' files. It’s not a good idea to run addpackage, mkbranchwrapper, or setup_package by themselves as it could lead to packages that don’t match their packagedb entry.

  1. Update koji.

Using pkgdb-client

Use pkgdb-client to update the pkgdb with new information. For instance, to add a new package:

pkgdb-client edit -u toshio -o terjeros \
 -d 'Python module to extract EXIF information' \
 -b F-10 -b F-11 -b devel python-exif

To update that package later and add someone to the initialcclist do:

pkgdb-client edit -u toshio -c kevin python-exif

To add a new branch for a package:

pkgdb-client edit -u toshio -b F-10 -b EL-5 python-exif

To allow provenpackager to edit a branch:

pkgdb-client edit -u toshio -b devel -a provenpackager python-exif

To remove provenpackager commit rights on a branch:

pkgdb-client edit -u toshio -b EL-5 -b EL-4 -r provenpackager python-exif

More options can be found by running pkgdb-client --help

You must be in the cvsadmin group to use pkgdb-client. It can be run on a non-Fedora Infrastructure box if you set the PACKAGEDBURL environment variable to the public URL:


You may be asked to CC fedora-perl-devel-list on a perl package. This can be done with the username "perl-sig". This is presently a user, not a group so it cannot be used as an owner or comaintainer, only for CC.

Using pkgdb2branch

Use to create branches for a package. takes a list of package names on the command line and creates the branches that are specified in the packagedb. The script lives in /usr/local/bin on the SCM server ( and must be run there.

For instance, python-exif qa-assistant will create branches specified in the packagedb for python-exif and qa-assistant.

pkgdb2branch can only be run from

Update Koji

Optionally you can synchronize pkgdb and koji by hand: it is done automatically hourly by a cronjob. There is a script for this in the admin/ directory of the CVSROOT module.

Since dist-f13 and later inherit from dist-f12, and currently dist-f12 is the basis of our stack, it’s easiest to just call:

./owner-sync-pkgdb dist-f12

Just run ./owners-sync-pkgdb for usage output.

This script requires that you have a properly configured koji client installed.

owner-sync-pkgdb requires the koji client libraries which are not available on the cvs server. So you need to run this from one of your machines.

Helper Scripts

These scripts are invoked by the scripts above, doing some of the heavy lifting. They should not ordinarily be called on their own.


/usr/local/bin/mkbranchwrapper is a shell script which takes a list of packages and branches. For instance:

mkbranchwrapper foo bar EL-5 F-11

will create modules foo and bar for devel if they don’t exist and branch them for the other 4 branches passed to the script. If the devel branch exists then it just branches. If there is no branches passed the module is created in devel only.

mkbranchwrapper has to be run from cvs-int.

mkbranchwrapper is not used by any current programs. Use pkgdb2branch instead.


setup_package creates a new blank module in devel only. It can be run from any host. To create a new package run:

setup_package foo

setup_package needs to be called once for each package. it could be wrapped in a shell script similar to:



for arg in $@; do

echo "packages=$PACKAGES"

for package in $PACKAGES; do
  ~/bin/setup_package $package

then call the script with all branches after it.

setup_package is currently called from pkgdb2branch.

Pseudo Users for SIGs

See Package_SCM_admin_requests#Pseudo-users_for_SIGs for the current list.

Deprecate Packages

Any packager can deprecate a package. click on the deprecate package button for the package in the webui. There’s currently no pkgdb-client command to deprecate a package.

Undeprecate Packages

Any cvsadmin can undeprecate a package. Simply use pkgdb-client to assign an owner and the package will be undeprecated:

pkgdb-client -o toshio -b devel qa-assistant

As a cvsadmin you can also log into the pkgdb webui and click on the unretire package button. Once clicked, the package will be orphaned rather than deprecated.

Performing mass comaintainer requests

  • Confirm that the requestor has 'approveacls' on all packages they wish to operate on. If they do not, they MUST request the change via FESCo.

  • Mail maintainers/co-maintainers affected by the change to inform them of who requested the change and why.

  • Download a copy of this script:;a=blob;f=scripts/pkgdb_bulk_comaint/;hb=HEAD

  • Edit the script to have the proper package owners and package name pattern.

  • Edit the script to have the proper new comaintainers.

  • Ask someone in sysadmin-web to disable email sending on bapp01 for the pkgdb (following the instructions in comments in the script)

  • Copy the script to an infrastructure host (like cvs01) that can contact bapp01 and run it.