Drupal 8 - How to Apply Patches to A Drupal 8 Module

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The website world, is truly fascinating, and we must continue to improve the Internet to keep the Internet from losing its fascination, with the rest of the world. I mean I don’t think that’ll ever happen, because the INTERNET is great.

In today’s article, we are going to continue talking about Drupal 8, specifically, how to apply, create and manage patches. A file with the .patch extension is a patch for Drupal, the .patch file consist of a list of differences, between one set of files and another set of files.

A module can be changed, from applying a patch, this brings me now, to the story of applying patches. The domain of patch programs is to modify files, after they are applied, according to the instructions provided by the patch files.

Patching things on your website, should not be done to the live website, because a patch can cause your website to lose some functionality and data. Therefore, it is very important that a developer familiarizes themselves with how to apply patches, on the developmental environment of their website.

It is ideal that before applying a patch the developer backs up the whole website, including the codebase and database. The changes that a patch can provide should only be uploaded to the production website once the patch has been tested on a developmental environment.

There are of course several ways of applying patches, one way is to use Git, to apply a patch to a project’s repository. Using this piece of code git apply -v path/file.patch users will be able to apply the patch, using Git.

If you don’t use Git, a developer can also patch modules and code on Windows. A variety of programs can be used to apply a patch on Windows, these programs include, GnuWin32, Unxutils, and Cygwin an emulation layer.

PhpStorm can also be used to apply a patch, to accomplish this you would need to open the project, then navigate to VCS>apply Patch, once you find the patch file you want to apply, then you would click on ok. Once you see the list of files, that will be patched, which are automatically detected, you can hit ok again and apply your patch.

NetBeans also allows you to apply patches if you open the project with NetBeans. Once the project is open, then right-click the folder you want to patch, then navigate to tools > Apply Diff Patch. Then select the patch file you want to apply and click “Patch”.

On Eclipse you would navigate to Menu > windows >open perspective > others > team synchronizing. Then you would open the file that is going to be applied as a patch and copy all the text onto the clipboard. On Eclipse you would navigate to Menu > project > apply patch.

After that the clipboard would be selected, then the file that is going to be patched, finally a developer can hit finish or next to see set up options for the patch.

A developer can also apply a patch manually, to have a better idea of what is going on in the code. Of course, a large patch would be very difficult to do manually, then smaller patches, but regardless of the size of the patch, one must always be careful.

Thank you for reading this article!!!

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Hernando Cadet

Hi every one, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics back in 2006, from Claflin University, after I received my bachelor's degree, I gained full time employment as a software engineer at a Video Relay Service company, maintaining databases and developing software for a new developed device called the VPAD.

I worked at that company for two years, then I became a web developer, and worked for a magazine for three years. After that job, I worked as a Drupal web developer, as a subcontractor for the NIH, for a year and then left the job to go back to school.

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