Gray Flannel Dwarf



Late last night, I submitted my first patch ever for an open source project. It was a language string fix for yumex.

It was a very minor change, and in fact probably would’ve been easier just to say, “this bug exists in files A, B, C, D, E and F”, and would have taken less net time for discovery and ensuing fix by the developer than for me to find it, learn how to create patch files, assure that those patches work…. and then scratch the itch which made me figure out how to concatenate them (easy) and test the process all over again. However, I look at the latter part thereof as a learning experience. Now that i know how to do this, I won’t necessarily be so intimidated at submitting patches in the future.

I don’t know that he’ll use my patch — this being my first time, I still don’t really even know if it will work outside my home box, although I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t. In any case, even such a minor bit of participation like this, it feels good.

Tags: , , , — cswiii @ 9:55 am