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Software Patches
A patch is a file which contains the differences between original files and updated files in such a way that other people who only have the original files (e.g. NetworkDLS) can evaluate your changes and update their files with your changes.

Creating a Patch:

Personally, I use TortoiseSVN because it allows me to manage source code right inside of Windows Explorer. Once you've gotten the latest source-code for a piece of software, made some changes (and done at least some testing), creating a patch with TortoiseSVN is pretty straightforward.

1) You'll want to right-click in the folder/directory where your modified source code resides, go to the TortoiseSVN sub-menu and click "Create Patch".

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2) Then you'll be confronted with a list of files which you've changed. Select the files which you want to include in your patch and check OK.

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3) Save the patch file in a place where you can easily find it.

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4) After saving your patch file, TortoiseSVN will give you a break-down of what the patch contains. Give this file the proverbial once-over to ensure it contains only the changes which you want to include in the patch.

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5) Possibly the most inportant step, upload the patch file to NetworkDLS. We can't wait to see what you've done!



Tags:
 Building    Open Source    Patching    Source Control  

Created by Josh Patterson on 2/8/2013, last modified by Josh Patterson on 2/8/2013

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