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[Savannah-hackers-public] Problem with Coreutils Contribution Guidelines

From: Nikolas Kallis
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Problem with Coreutils Contribution Guidelines
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:56:54 +1100
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There is a problem with the Coreutils Contribution Guidelines:

I got up to 'Your first commit: the quick and dirty way' and executed the command 'git format-patch --stdout -1 > DIFF', and got the error message "fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git".

It seems I got this error message because I executed the command from my home directory, and figured the command needed to be ran inside the coreutils/ directory.

Executing such a command is probably common knowledge for people whom use Git frequently, however this is only my second instance using it and so I didn't know.

The instructions should specify the command needs to be executed from the coreutils/ directory, or perhaps its a better idea to make the document specify to enter the coreutils/ directory first, as I suspect most - if not all commands in the instructions should generally be executed inside the coreutils/ directory.
This will help put the instructions in line with implementation.


Nikolas Kallis

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