[development] create patch form

Robert Douglass rob at robshouse.net
Wed Feb 7 16:06:47 UTC 2007

This is actually a very good idea, imo. The best format for this would 
be to select the drupal version and file that you've changed (or 
multiple), upload the files, and then have the patch generated. I think 
this could be done securely as long as the files didn't land in the web 
directory. This would certainly be an invaluable service.


sime wrote:
> 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.
> Simon (sime)

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