Easier Patch Submission? Is it possible?

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Wed Jan 20 13:34:55 UTC 2010

To add to what LpSolit said:

On 19/01/10 19:05, Michael Thomas wrote:
> The main issue I can really
> see is that there are no version tags within the files themselves. If those
> version numbers were added it should be fairly trivial to automatically
> generate the patch files against the corresponding base file.

Very old source code management systems, such as RCS/SCCS if memory
serves me correctly, put version tag numbers in the source file.
However, all that they did was ensure more frequent merge conflicts.
Metadata and data are best kept separate, and every modern SCM, even
CVS, does that by default (although CVS has the option of working the
RCS way).

I agree with LpSolit's conclusion: when we can, we should do "fixed on
checkin" and so on for new contributors to prevent lots of frustrating
and delay-inducing rounds of tiny tweaks. But asking people to produce a
diff isn't the biggest obstacle by any means.

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