[development] Patching settings.php

Jeff Eaton jeff at viapositiva.net
Thu Aug 3 03:12:48 UTC 2006

I'm the guilty party involved, and apologize for slipping that error
into a largeish patch at the last minute. Only while testing the
installer have I started working with actual command-line use of patch
and diff, and have forgotten to move my default settings file a couple
of times. I, too, (usually!) just cvs diff and manually remove the

Thanks for the reminder. It is, indeed, very important. :)


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy Epstein [mailto:jazepstein at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 10:05 PM
To: Drupal devel
Subject: [development] Patching settings.php

Hi guys,

I've noticed that the past 2 commits to settings.php were both made
inadvertently, due to someone including a settings.php $db_url change in
their patch by mistake. As you can see, both of these commits had to be


Can I request that all of the patch authors among us (including
myself) _please_ check your patch files, and that you ensure that there
are no custom settings.php $db_url (or other) changes that have slipped
into your patch. I think that the primary responsibility for this should
lie with patch authors. However, it would be good if the core committers
could be on the lookout for accidental settings.php changes in patches
as well.

If anyone has any tips for excluding settings.php from a patch, that
would be greatly appreciated. Personally, I just run "cvs diff -u >
foo.patch" from the root Drupal install dir, and then manually edit the
file to remove the settings.php cruft. I'm sure there's a better way to
do it. ;-)

The biggest problem that I have with accidental settings.php changes, is
that running "cvs up -dP" after such a change results in CVS complaining
about a conflict/merge in settings.php, even though the change was
reverted. So let's try and keep _intentional_ settings.php changes to a
minimum (which we seem to be doing quite well at), and keep _accidental_
settings.php changes to zero.



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