The patches/ folder
Do you know those bits of code we write to debug something? Sometimes we can make them part of the codebase, by hiding them using debug log levels, or behind
However, sometimes the code is so
nasty interesting, that it cannot be part of the codebase.
I have a solution for you – the
Add it to your global Git ignore:
echo "patches/" >> ~/.gitignore
Now on your favorite project, you can create the new folder:
cd project/ mkdir patches/
So let’s say you’re writing the debug code again. It got the job done, but let’s save it for the next time you’re debugging the same area of code:
git diff > patches/my-patch.diff git reset --hard
Nice. It’s beautifully saved under
Now, let’s see how to apply it:
git apply patches/my-patch.diff
Every project I work on ends up having multiple debugging bits of code. I find saving those patches to be handier than a debug branch in git or doing
git stash or even notes.
PS: If you want a more complete solution to patch management, give Stacked Git a try.