[drupal-devel] How are patches to branches handled?

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Sun Feb 13 19:23:02 UTC 2005

>>Or we could have other proposals: anyone cares to propose them?
> I would love to see some way to tag new versions of contrib modules.  A
> large percentage of time-consuming (arguably time-wasting) support
> requests I get is because people are using an old 4.5 version of a given
> module.  But how should they know that I merged in a whole string of fixes
> in the past week?  Unless they know how to review CVS, there is no way for
> them to know.  (Currently I have to get them to open the module file in a
> text editor and to look at the Id tag at the top of the file)
> What about using letters for modules?  4.5a, 4.5b, 4.5c.

It has the potential of getting out of control, after reaching 4.5z (and 
given the long release cycle of Drupal itself, it could easily happen 
with an actively developed module).

I suggested 4.5.x.20050213, because if contrib packages are made daily, 
this is clear, it can be automatically detected, if a new version should 
be shipped or not (whether there was CVS activity on the module or not 
on that day, or better worded: before the last release), and it has no 
way to run out of possibilities. If releases can only be made daily. 
IMHO it should help a lot, if these versions would be done automatically 
when needed, without human intervention. It also increases the 
possibility of shipping something broken though...


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