[Phpwm] Version control - project organisation

SonniesEdge sonniesedge at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 21:39:18 UTC 2009

Would something like Git be useful here? You can maintain a core application
and multiple customised client versions. You can then mod the core
application and pull & merge the changes into each client app as needed.

BTW, hi Tim!


On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 18:32, Tim Williams <T.M.Williams at cs.bham.ac.uk>wrote:

> I manage multiple installations of Moodle for a variety of clients and
> uses (not all of them eLearning). Some of the Moodles have modifications
> to core code, some have additional plugins compared to the standard
> base. My current approach is similar to yours, I keep a note of whihc
> Moodle version any given installation was based on, whether or not the
> core code was patched and if there are any non-standard plugins. I also
> keep a copy of all the Moodle installation files which i've used.
> When I need to upgrade a server, i'll find the original unmodified
> installation file for that Moodle and use 'diff -bur' to compare it to the
> actual modidied installation. I can then use patch to apply the full set
> of modifications to the new Moodle version. diff will also list all
> of the files which are missing in the new version compared to the old one,
> so I know what extras need to be copied accross. For a minor point release
> upgrade, I can often have the server back up in 10 minutes or so for a
> single site. For a major release the patches will sometimes need to be
> manually re-written if diff can't cope with them.
> You can use tools to speed the process up, I know of a Moodle admin who
> had used a set of scripts to automate the process of downloading the
> latest Moodle and patching in the necessary modifications 3rd party
> extras. However, you still need to 'keep an eye' on the process because
> it might fail and require manual intervention, so the each site still
> need to be done 'one at a time'.
> Tim W
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