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From Alan Gates <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Patches
Date Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:21:08 GMT
I agree that PRs are easier to manage than attaching patches to JIRA.  And now days most contributors
seem to prefer them as well.

One question I have is about traceability and findability.  It is very nice for people to
be able to come to JIRA and figure out if others have had the same problem they have, and
if so if and where it's fixed, and exactly which commits they need to pick up if they want
the fix.  Can all this be achieved with just PRs?

If the answer is that PRs can't achieve that, I'd still vote for moving to them.  But I would
also suggest continuing to open JIRAs that point to the PRs.


> On Feb 8, 2017, at 11:33 AM, Julian Hyde <> wrote:
> Our current policy is that we accept patches attached to JIRA case and pull requests
to <>. I would like
to propose that we no longer support patches.
> Why? I argue that it makes the process easier for the committer. The pull request implicitly
does “git add” and “git remove”, whereas when applying a patch you have to remember
to apply these. The pull request comes in a branch, so if I modify the code as I am reviewing
it, I can easily save and restore my state. Also, a pull request is “valid” as a contribution,
from an IP standpoint, even when not accompanied by a JIRA case.
> Recently I went through 5 rounds of patches for a particular feature. I couldn’t tell
what had changed between one iteration of the patch and the next (you can’t “diff" patches
- you need to apply the patches to separate git branches and diff the branches - yuck!). And
I went through 3 test cycles and 24 hours before I managed to “git add” all of the files.
Yes, I did “git status” and I missed the 2 new files among all of the “.orig” and
“.rej” files in my sandbox.
> In summary. I propose that we accept contributions only as pull requests to
<>. If they are non-trivial they should be accompanied
by a JIRA case. Committers can propose changes any way they like, as long as they commit the
changes themselves, but if they want to make it easier for others to review, they should use
either a personal git branch or a pull request.
> Julian

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