[development] create patch form
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Wed Feb 7 14:49:42 UTC 2007
Has anyone meddled with a patch creation form? Eg:
1) select the file of interest
2) paste your variation code
3) submit to create a patch
Seems simple, judging from the few times I'm brave enough to use the
command line (yes, I'm GUI user who would struggle to code this).
In my wanderings through contrib, I've seen many users submit code which
solves a problem, but which is not in expected patch format. For
example, a zip file of whole modules! This happens more in the contrib
modules where patches are less critisized and users are sharing
solutions with each other that "just work".
Some might question whether we should cater for these developers. I say
yes, because they are solving problems but cannot communication the
answer very well. If a developer installs a module on a site, and then
fixes a bug, then they have a solution - however to then submit that
answer in legible form is quite an effort for many.
Further more, we then expect users to be able to generate
function-contextual patches from root. This is a hard to grapple and I'm
sure the effort is too much for some, and they never submit a patch at all.
Interested in any thoughts.
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