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eugene ts wong's Journal: Ask You [technical question]: How Do I Make Patches? 2

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I'd like to contribute code to a project. I just have to send in patches. How do I check to make sure that my patches are okay? I know that it is something to do with using diff, but I also know that you have to compare my copy of the source to the original. What directory to I have to be in? What arguments do I have to pass?

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  • http://www.kegel.com/academy/opensource.html#patch es
  • Some permit access to their source code control system: some don't. You need to figure out how they want the patches submitted. Sometimes they want a diff posted to a mailing list. Sometimes they want the whole modified file sent up to CVS.

    Last time I submitted a patch I just sent the lines that needed to be added to the maintainer, he implemented them (it was Webmin, and it was Perl, so YMMV).

    Yes, I know, i'm not a Perl guru but even I can modify a script sometimes.

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