[development] How to post bug reports and patches

Markus Kalkbrenner markus.kalkbrenner at arcor.de
Thu Oct 30 13:00:26 UTC 2008


This is my first post to this list so I will introduce myself first.
My name is Markus Kalkbrenner. I'm developing software for more than 15 years 
and participating in open source projects since 7 years.
Two years ago I started working with drupal and posted my first bug reports 
and patches.

Currently I'm asking myself which is the right strategy to contribute patches 
and get them committed to CVS because most of the time I'm still working with 
drupal 5 and find bugs there.

Just some examples:

Posted 4 month ago for drupal 5.7:
http://drupal.org/node/229411 node_view() incompatible to php5

I was asked to add more comments to my patch and drumm found out that the same 
bug still exists in drupal 6. So I added the comments but nothing happend. 
Neither in D5 nor in D6.

Posted 3 month ago for drupal 5.8
http://drupal.org/node/287063 node_delete memory leak and wrong order of 

In a different bug I was told to post the bugs for drupal 6 to get them 
handled faster and finally backported to drupal 5. So I switched the version 
for this issue to D6 and added an additional patch for it. But no reaction.

Posted 3 month ago for drupal 6.dev
http://drupal.org/node/298768 Ensure that entries are written to watchdog 
http://drupal.org/node/298678 Impossible to lock two MySQL tables

From my point of view these are two serious issues which are the reason for 
several other bug reports. I found them in drupal 5 but discovered that they 
still exist in D6 and D7. So I decided to post them for D6 because this is 
the current stable version. Unfortunately I didn't see any reaction so far.

Please don't get me wrong. I really like drupal and will keep on contributing 
patches because I want to improve it.
But maybe I'm doing something wrong or you just have no time to maintain the 
stable versions. So for me the current situation is like a "bad user 


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