Instructions for Granting Karma to Committers

First, the account must be created. That process is detailed in the PMC FAQ

Root no longer grants Karma unless specifically requested (usually because the PMC Chair is inactive or unresponsive), as outlined in the PMC FAQ, but it's easier for the PMC Chair to do it.

Basically, the PMC Chair needs to edit the asf-authorization file which is stored in svn at The file format is fairly self explanitory, but documented at

Oh, and don't break that file, as you won't be able to commit to fix it. (smile)

<duncf> how does a PMC chair add karma for a user? (I looked but couldn't find this documented anywhere I have access to...)
<chipig> svn-authorization.
<duncf> chipig: could you elaborate please?
<chipig> duncf: well, except that it 404s...
<chipig> duncf: there is a file in the infra repo that controls authorization, users neeed to be added to the group.....
<chipig> duncf:
<duncf> chipig: and adding stuff to that file makes changes propogate relatively instantaneously?
<chipig> yes
<chipig> and, if you break the file, no one can commit
<chipig> so, try not to break the file :)
<duncf> chipig: cool thanks, I'll pass this on
<shorten> chipig's url is at
<chipig> that section of the book talks about the file formaat.
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