sponsor-patch(1) Prepare, test-build, and sponsor an upload.


sponsor-patch [options] bug
sponsor-patch -h


sponsor-patch downloads the patch or Bazaar branch linked to an Ubuntu bug, applies it, generates a review diff, (optionally) test builds it, runs lintian(1) and, after review and confirmation, can upload it.

sponsor-patch can be used for sponsoring patches, syncs and merges from Debian, SRUs, and creating debdiffs from patches. If bug has multiple patches or branches linked, it will prompt the user to select one. The same applies to bug tasks. If the attached patch is not a debdiff, edit-patch(1) is used to apply it.

Some obvious checks are performed, in particular:

update-maintainer(1) is run on the source package to ensure that the Maintainer field meets the Ubuntu policy.
The version number must be greater than the current version in the archive. The changes file is also correctly generated to list all changes since the current version in the archive.
The changelog must automatically close the sponsorship bug.
The changelog target must be valid.
The changelog timestamp is touched.

Should any checks (or the build) fail, the user has an option to edit the patched source and try building it again.

Unless a working directory is specified, the sources and patches will be downloaded into a temporary directory in /tmp, which is removed once the script finishes running. The output of the build tool will be placed in workdir/buildresult/.

One of --upload, --workdir, or --sponsor must be specified.


-b, --build
Build the package with the specified builder. Note for pbuilder(8) and cowbuilder(8) users: This assumes the common configuration, where the ARCH and DIST environment is read by pbuilderrc(5) to select the correct base image.
Use the specify builder to build the package. Supported are cowbuilder(8), cowbuilder-dist(1), pbuilder(8), pbuilder-dist(1), and sbuild(1). The default is pbuilder(8).
-e, --edit
Launch a sub-shell to allow editing of the patched source before building.
-h, --help
Display a help message and exit.
-k KEY, --key=KEY
Specify a key ID for signing the upload.
-l INSTANCE, --lpinstance=INSTANCE
Use the specified instance of Launchpad (e.g. "staging"), instead of the default of "production".
Do not read any configuration files, or configuration from environment variables.
-s, --sponsor
Shortcut for sponsored uploads. Equivalent to -b -u ubuntu.
-u DEST, --upload=DEST
Upload to DEST with dput(1) (after confirmation).
-U, --update
Update the build environment before attempting to build.
-v, --verbose
Print more information.
-w DIR, --workdir=DIR
Use the specified working directory, creating it if necessary. If WORKDIR is not specified, a temporary directory is created, which is deleted before sponsor-patch exits.


All of the CONFIGURATION VARIABLES below are also supported as environment variables. Variables in the environment take precedence to those in configuration files.


The following variables can be set in the environment or in ubuntu-dev-tools(5) configuration files. In each case, the script-specific variable takes precedence over the package-wide variable.
The default value for --builder.
The default value for --lpinstance.
The default value for --update.
The default value for --workdir.
The default value for --key.


Test-building and sponsoring an upload of bug 1234:
sponsor-patch -s 1234

Performing a test build of bug 1234 in your PPA:

sponsor-patch -u ppa:user/ppa 1234


sponsor-patch was written by Benjamin Drung <[email protected]>, and this manual page was written by Stefano Rivera <[email protected]>.

Both are released under the terms of the ISC License.