Porters Handbook section 4.4

Russell Haley russ.haley at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 04:53:57 UTC 2017

On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 10:02 PM, Kubilay Kocak <koobs at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On 9/25/17 2:08 PM, Russell Haley wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Section 4.3 of the porters handbook talks about making modifications
>> to a private copy of a tarball and recording the steps.
>> Section 4.4 talks about changing directories into the affected ports
>> dir and running make makepatch to generate patch files.
>> I am unsure how the makepatch target is supposed to find my private
>> directory. Since I was confused, I created patches, added them to the
>> port, ran make, then ran make makepatch and the system re-generated
>> new "makepatch" patches.
> Quite a number of new users have raised the same question on IRC.
>> So, my question is thus:
>> To me, section 4.4 seems vague about where changes should be made,
>> which is compounded by the information in section 4.3. Can the
>> makepatch target ask for and find a private directory, or should the
>> handbook be clarified to state that the changes should be made to the
>> 'work' folder? If the later is true, I assume there is some proper
>> workflow to keep changes from being destroyed while testing?
> The handbook section needs to be updated to be less ambiguous with
> regard to where things should be done.
> I'd be happy to provide a docs committer with verbiage if they can help
> with formatting/commit.

If you provide the verbiage, I'll attempt a patch. :)


>> If there is a section in the handbook clarifying this, please just say
>> so and I will go find it.
>> Thanks!
>> Russ
> ./koobs

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