I want to learn to patch
James Richard Tyrer
tyrerj at acm.org
Sat Jun 6 00:30:19 BST 2009
First I admire your enthusiasm. Do not take offense at my rather direct
Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Here is a very simple bug, that I want to learn to submit patches with:
I have to warn your that there have been major arguments about this
issue and I have rather strong opinions about it. We won't worry about
my opinions but expect to run into some resistance.
> I have googled KDE Development and found lots of tutorials from KDE 2
> and KDE 3, and lots of tutorials about setting up what seems to be a
> very complex and error-prone development environment. However, as one
> can simply view the code online  I would like to work this way. I
> looked around the websvn tree for the file(s) that contain the string
> "Other Tabs" from the bug in question, but I could not find them. So I
> have these two questions:
> 1) How does one go about finding the correct file(s) to modify?
This is probably part of the Konqueror code:
in SVN. You can find the relevant files using "Find File" looking for
"*.*c*" with a string in: "Context::Containing Text" or use Grep
(command line) in Konsole.
> 2) How does one make a diff file?
First, you need to checkout and build the KDEBase module from SVN:
svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/KDE/kdebase
Well actually, you need to install subversion, the GNU C/C++ compiler,
and CMake. I would suggest reading the relevant (user/client) parts of:
Now, having found what needs to be changed:
1. Change it.
2. Compile and install.
3. Test to see that it works like you want (if not go back to #1)
4. Execute: "svn status" to see that all is well
5. Execute: "svn up" to see that there is no conflict
6. Execute: "svn diff" to see your patch.
7. If you want a patch file, Execute: "svn diff > file.diff
8. Post your patch to the "kde-devel" (subscribe to it) mailing list
with the Subject starting with "[PATCH]" or attach the diff file to
the bug and label the attachment as a Patch.
So, that is a basic outline. I expect that you might have further
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