How to Define and Create a Patch

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Before you create a patch for a release, the release must have been exported.

To define and create a patch for a release:

1. From the Repository Manager menu, select Define, Releases.

The Releases window opens.

2. Perform a query that retrieves the release for which you want to create a patch.


You can also open the release from the catalog, by double-clicking on the name.

3. Check that this release has been exported.

The Released field contains the date and time of this release.

4. In the bottom part of the window, define a Patch Nr.

This can be any number or code, up to 8 characters long. As a suggestion, you could use any of the following codes:

3, alpha, security, 20100530.

5. Define a Target Repository.

Almost always, this will be the Repository Code of the release.

6. Optionally, set the USoft Import XML field to Yes if you want to generate an Import XML document that can be used to apply the patch to a repository that is identical to the release.

These manipulations can then be executed in the Definer of a repository that is exactly identical to the release.


Executing these manipulations is at your own risk.

7. Optionally, set the PDF Report field to Yes if you want to generate a difference report in PDF format.
8. Save your changes.

The patch is now listed on the Manage tab of the catalog, under the release.

9. Click the Create Patch button.

An export is made of the target repository. Then, the patch (comparison) is created, and the Created field is set to the current date and time.

10. You can click the View Patch button to view the patch in an external editor.