Patch naming policy (was: Re: [153574] trunk/dports/sysutils/skey)

Rainer Müller raimue at
Wed Oct 5 06:56:41 PDT 2016

On 2016-10-05 01:45, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Patches should follow the patch-*.diff naming scheme, so this
>> should be named patch-skeyprune-man8.diff or similar.
> Popular opinion seems to be that we should relax that restriction.
> I think it's reasonable if we change it to "patch-*.diff or
> *.patch".
> My primary gripe was with the way patches used to be named
> "patch-foo" or "patch-foo.c" which caused editors to use incorrect
> syntax highlighting. As long as we use a .diff or .patch extension,
> to indicate to a syntax highlighter that this is a diff or patch
> file, that should be fine.

The initial patch-* policy was adopted from FreeBSD ports. The filename
extension .diff was added later for this reason.

If we want to change the patch naming policy, should we allow both
*.diff and *.patch or would one file extension be better to avoid
configuring editors twice?


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