Author: David Brownell <>
authorkc8apf <kc8apf@b42882b7-edfa-0310-969c-e2dbd0fdcd60>
Thu, 21 May 2009 05:46:29 +0000 (05:46 +0000)
committerkc8apf <kc8apf@b42882b7-edfa-0310-969c-e2dbd0fdcd60>
Thu, 21 May 2009 05:46:29 +0000 (05:46 +0000)
- Update PATCHES to better describe the policies in place

git-svn-id: svn:// b42882b7-edfa-0310-969c-e2dbd0fdcd60


diff --git a/PATCHES b/PATCHES
index 7fc2b992200dd03b150f70b0cafcadb3cee9aec1..ea02a1d90e5dcbf1b4e9b03d00979fa453241a61 100644 (file)
@@ -1,35 +1,45 @@
 Please mail patches to:
 Note that you can't send patches to that list unless
 you're a member, despite what the list info page says.
 The patch should be against svn trunk using an SVN
+diff. If you use git-svn, a git diff or patch is OK
+too; likewise a quilt patch, if you use quilt.
+It should be a "good patch": focus it on a single
+issue, and make it be easily reviewable. Don't make
+it so large that it's hard to review; split large
+patches into smaller ones. (That can also help
+track down bugs later on.) All patches should
+be "clean", which includes preserving the existing
+coding style and updating documentation as needed.j
 Attach the patch to the email as a .txt file and
 also write a short change log entry that maintainers
 can copy and paste into the commit message
-(However, don't expect the maintainers to actually
-include such entries in their commit messages if
-they're longer than a single $SUBJECT line.)
+Say if it's a bugfix (describe the bug) or a new
+feature. Don't expect patches to merge immediately
+for the next release. Be ready to rework patches
+in response to feedback.
 Add yourself to the GPL copyright for non-trivial changes.
 To create a patch from the command line:
-svn diff >mypatch.txt
+       svn diff >mypatch.txt
-NB! remember to use "svn add" on new files first!
+NB! remember to use "svn add" on new files first!
 If you have a decent SVN GUI, then that should be
 able to create and apply patches as well...
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