Last updated April 16, 2011.
Help us test patches for core! There are many important core initiatives going on that need to be reviewed and tested. You can help with this important task even if you don't know how to code.
How do I start?
Your first order of business is to get a development environment up and running. Next, you should read the instructions on how to test out patches and how to review them. Also, see the resources section at the bottom of this page.
Where do I jump in?
What do I do if I find a bug while testing a patch?
Try to reproduce the bug on a 'clean' copy of Drupal HEAD. For patches without database changes, you can "reverse" apply a patch to remove it:
patch -p1 -R < patchfile.patch
For patches that make changes to the database, you'll need a clean checkout elsewhere to compare against.
Check to see if the bug manifests itself without the patch. And note: don't forget to re-apply afterwards:
patch -p1 < patchfile.patch
If not, it's usually safe to assume it's caused by the current patch. Mark the issue "code needs work" and describe in detail what you experienced and how the developer can re-produce the steps.
Here is a list of general resources for applying and testing patches.
- HOW TO: Set up a test environment to help review patches: First thing's first: get a development environment setup to perform your testing. This requires a Git checkout, a web environment with Apache, MySQL, and PHP, and the 'diff' and 'patch' utilities. More specific information
- Tips for reviewing patches: Some best practice guidelines on what makes up a good patch review.
- Git documentation.
- HOWTO: Benchmark Drupal code: Some changes are extensive and require performance benchmarking in order to make it into core. Learn more about it here.
- There is also a Reviewers group, a group of folks dedicated to doing patch reviews who would be happy to answer your questions!