The Sage-Combinat patch server: step by step instructions
This page is meant as a step-by-step tutorial on using the Sage-Combinat patch server, from basic installation to contributing new patches:
- Installation and basic usage
- Looking and selecting the patches
- Creating and contributing patches
- Rebasing the patch queue on a new version of sage
For technical background on the patch server, see http:/combinat/Mercurial.
To do: add a link to a short write up about the rationale for using a patch server.
1. Installation and basic usage
The sage-combinat server has finaly being moved to its final official destination!
1.1.1. New server, for Sage >= 3.4
The instructions below assume that:
Sage 3.4 or higher is already installed (say in /opt/sage), and can be started by typing sage at the command line
(it is recommended to use the most recent stable version, and in particular >= 3.4.2)
The user has write access to the Sage installation tree
The user has access to: http://combinat.sagemath.org/patches/
- Developers should be using this server.
- For simplicity, the server is currently configured with open read-write access (no login/password required). Please do not abuse.
1.1.2. Old read-only server, for Sage < 3.4
The instructions below that:
Sage 3.2 or 3.3 is already installed (say in /opt/sage), and can be started by typing sage at the command line.
The user has write access to the Sage installation tree
The user has access to: http://sage.math.washington.edu:2144/
1.1.3. Mercurial configuration
The patch management is based on the version control system Mercurial, with a support script sage -combinat for ease of use. Online help on this script is accessible through:
sage -combinat --help
Mercurial requires some configuration. Open (or create, if it does not exist yet) your Mercurial configuration file (~/.hgrc in your home directory), insert the following, and edit the username:
[ui] username = Simon Cussonnet <Simon.Cussonnet at lycee-technique.torrez.eure.fr> [extensions] hgext.mq = extdiff = alias = [alias] qstatus = status --rev -2:. [hooks] pre-qrefresh = (echo "Are you sure you want to refresh the following changes:"; sage -hg status; echo -n "into the patch: "; sage -hg qtop; read -p "(y/n)" answer; test "$answer" = "y" ) [extdiff] cmd.interdiff = hg-interdiff [diff] nodates=1 showfunc=1 git=1
1.2. Downloading and installing the Sage-combinat patches
sage -combinat install
1.3. Updating the Sage-Combinat patches
To update the Sage-Combinat patches to the latest version, you can run:
sage -combinat update
It is possible to simultaneously upgrade Sage to the latest version, for now, it is more safe to run both:
sage -upgrade sage -combinat upgrade
1.4. Uninstalling the Sage-combinat patches
sage -b main
Now, you may destroy .../sage/devel/sage-combinat/ (after checking that you do not have local changes!)
2. Looking and selecting the patches
2.1. The Sage-combinat stack of patches
Sage-combinat is a collection of experimental patches (i.e. extensions) on top of Sage. Each patch describes a relatively atomic modification which may span several files; it may fix a bug, implement a new feature, improve some documentation. Then main information contained in a patch is a diff file which describes the difference between two files. Here is an example of a diff file.
diff -r 01fabd9b3951 sage/combinat/subword.py --- a/sage/combinat/subword.py +++ b/sage/combinat/subword.py @@ -34,7 +34,8 @@ def Subwords(w, k=None): """ - Returns the combinatorial class of subwords of w. + Returns the combinatorial class of subwords of w. The word w can be given + by either a string or a list. If k is specified, then it returns the combinatorial class of subwords of w of length k.
It reads as follows: the first four lines tells that this patch modifies the file sage/combinat/subword.py. The line starting with - is replaced by the two lines starting with +. To be able to apply the modifications safely at the right place, some context information is also stored (ie: some more unmodified lines and the position of the modification into the file).
The patches are organized as a (totally ordered) stack, each being applied on top of the previous one. The most stable are at the bottom, while the most experimental ones are on top. Let's look at a typical stack of patches:
sage -hg qseries
It will display something like:
sage-3.1.3.patch sage-3.2.patch ... lazy_attributes-4371-nt.patch copy_on_write_fh.patch discrete_function-nt.patch crystals_alcove_path_model_bj.patch words_new_fcts_sl.patch
sage-3.1.3 is at the bottom of the stack, and is applied first, while words_new_fcts_sl.patch is applied last. The patch sage-3.2.patch contains all the sage-combinat patches that have readilly been integrated in sage 3.2 (see "using sage-combinat with older versions of sage"). The patch lazy_attributes-4371-nt.patch is about lazy attributes, related to ticket number 4371 on Sage trac, and is owned by NicolasThiéry (nt).
In practice, the stack of patches is managed as a Mercurial queue. The command sage -hg calls the version of Mercurial that comes with Sage. You may instead simply use hg if Mercurial is installed natively on your system.
2.2. Top, applied and unapplied patches
It is possible to move up and down the stack, applying only the patches up to a given one.
sage -hg qpush # Apply the first patch in the series which is not currently applied sage -hg qpop # Unapply the most recently applied patch sage -hg qpush -a # Apply all the patches sage -hg qpop -a # Unapply all the patches
If you get confused, the following can tell you which patches are applied or not:
sage -hg qtop # Top applied patch sage -hg qapplied # Currently applied patches sage -hg qunapplied # Currently unapplied patches
Note that after moving around the stack of patches, it is necessary to rebuild sage before using it :
sage -b sage
2.3. Looking inside patches
The description of a patch can be retrieved with:
sage -hg qheader # top patch sage -ht qheader bla.patch
The content of the current top patch can be retrieved with:
sage -hg qdiff
while the files modified in the top patch can be seen with:
sage -hg qstatus
Warning: sage -hg qstatus will return irrelevant information if there is no patch currently on top of the stack.
2.4. Using the sage-combinat patches with an older version of sage
For the convenience of the user, it is usually possible to use the sage-combinat patches with older versions of sage. The intent is only to temporarily support one or two older versions of sage (that is about one month old). Typical use case: a developer urgently needs the latest version of a patch for a software demonstration at a conference, but can't instantly upgrade because of a slow internet connection. There is no guarantee whatsoever; on occasion we do not support this when this causes technical difficulties.
This is the purpose of the patches like sage-3.0.2.patch. This particular patch contains all the sage-combinat patches that have been integrated into Sage 3.0.2, and is only applied if Sage's version is strictly less than 3.0.2. This is achieved through guards (see the next section), and is taken care of automatically by sage -combinat, and in particular by:
sage -combinat qselect
2.5. Selecting guarded patches
Some patches may be guarded since they are experimental, not yet finished, or should be only applied for certain versions of sage. Guarded patches are not applied unless explicitly chosen. For example if one would like to apply patches labeled [+experimental] one can use the following steps:
sage -hg qselect experimental sage -combinat qselect
Then reapply the appropriate patches, typically with:
sage -hg qpop -a sage -hg qpush -a
To disregard all guarded patches one uses instead:
sage -hg qselect -n sage -combinat qselect
3. Creating and contributing patches
3.1. Patch naming convention
Each patch should be of the form:
<theme>_<feature/fix>_<trac ref if any>_<rev if any>_<owner or final or closed>.patch
root-systems-lattices_nt.patch partitions_fix_3244_mh.patch crystals-affine_as.patch free-modules_1_mh.patch free-modules_2_mh.patch free-modules_final.patch dyck-words_closed.patch
A series of patches like the free_modules one above is intended to be progressively folded together into a single patch free_modules.patch before submission to sage (see patch folding below). The name free_modules_final indicates that the owner of this patch will no longer edit it, and it is ready to be posted to trac. The name *_closed.patch indicates that this patch has been posted to trac and the corresponding ticket has been closed.
3.2. Patch description
Each patch starts with a description header. This is the first thing that will be seen by someone opening the patch. Also this description is preserved upon hg export, and will end up into the history of Sage. So it should be as meaningful as possible.
Typically, this description will match with the summary + description of the (upcoming) trac ticket:
#5431: Free modules: implements blah blah This patch implements ...
This description can be edited at any point using hg qrefresh -e, so feel free to update it on a regular basis to include progress information (what has readily been implemented, what remains to be done, etc:
Permutations: implementation of bruhat order Done: * Added methods succ_bruhat, pred_bruhat, ... Todo: * Add method bruhat_order, ...
This is usually at this point that one has the best view of this description.
3.3. Creating a new patch (qnew)
The first step is to create a new patch. It is easier to create it before doing any modifications to the sage sources. Never modify a patch that you do not own.
sage -hg qnew my_improvement_ab.patch -m "description of the patch"
where ab are your initials. For a larger description you may want to use the -e option to edit the description with your favorite editor.
The new patch is created on top of the most recently applied patch. You may use qpush and qpop first to choose where your patch is created. If you accidentally made changes before creating a new patch, the command
sage -hg qnew -f my_improvement_ab.patch -m "description of the patch"
will create the new patch including the current 'orphaned' changes into it.
3.4. Editing the Sage sources
It is recommended to double check that the current top patch is yours and is the one you want to add your modifications to (see qtop and qpop/qpush). using qpop and qpush become tricky to use once you started modifications.
Now you can edit the Sage sources files to your taste in $SAGE_ROOT/devel/sage-combinat/sage/. At any time, you can review your modifications since the creation of the patch (or since the last qrefresh, see below) by doing:
sage -hg diff #complete modifications since last qrefresh sage -hg status #list the modified files since last qrefresh
If you added a new source file, you must declare it using the command:
sage -hg add <filename>
3.5. Refreshing your patch (qrefresh)
Currently, the modifications are still not part of the patch as may be seen with the commands
sage -hg diff # Completely lists the modifications sage -hg status # Lists only the affected files
Note that sage -hg status gives the modifications which are not part of the current patch, while sage -hg qstatus gives the modifications which are part of the current patch (and similarly for diff and qdiff).
sage -hg qrefresh
to put the actual modifications in the current top patch.
Tip: on a regular basis, use also:
sage -hg qrefresh -e
to update the description of the patch, as this usually is the point in time where one has the best view of what it should be.
You can check that the modifications have been included in the patch with:
sage -hg qdiff sage -hg qstatus
Also, they should not appear anymore in:
sage -hg diff sage -hg status
After qrefresh, you can use qpop and qpush again and modify the same patch or some other patch you already created.
3.6. Removing a patch
In case you want to discard your patch, you may use:
sage -hg qremove my_improvement_AB.patch
You may use
sage -hg qseries
to confirm that the patch is removed.
3.7. Pushing patches to the sage-combinat server
Go to the sage-combinat directory, and make sure that there is no local changes:
cd $SAGE_ROOT/devel/sage-combinat sage -hg status
Otherwise discard them (sage -hg revert) or save them in your favorite patch (sage -hg qrefresh).
Pull the latest version of the patches from the server, and make sure that everything is working fine after applying all patches:
sage -combinat update -f sage -hg qpush -a sage -br # Make sure this works sage -t filenames # If you believe your tests should pass, check them.
The -f is to tell sage -combinat to run even if your patch directory is modified, which it probably is.
When pulling from the server, your changes will be merged with those from the server. You may get conflicts in the series file, or patches that do not apply anymore. Fix the patches that you own, and get in touch with the owners of the other broken patches.
When everything is ready, double check that you are up to date:
sage -combinat update -f
cd $SAGE_ROOT/devel/sage-combinat/.hg/patches sage -hg commit sage -hg push
In case you have been unlucky, and there has been a change on the patch server between your last pull and your commit, push will fail with an error like "abort: push creates new remote heads! did you forget to merge?". You then have to merge your local modifications with the remote ones:
cd .hg/patches sage -hg pull -u sage -hg merge
If the merge goes through automatically, just commit with "Merge" as message, and push. Otherwise, well, feel free to ask for help!
3.8. Handling rejection
Sometimes a patch fails to apply and you get, after a
sage -hg qpush
a message like :
applying my_modification.patch patching file file_a Hunk #1 FAILED at 0 1 out of 17 hunks FAILED -- saving rejects to file file_a.rej patch failed, unable to continue (try -v) patch failed, rejects left in working dir Errors during apply, please fix and refresh my_modification.patch
After such an error, Mercurial has made all modification its can to the file file_a and rejects the hunk its could not understand. All modifications inside the patch and not understood by Mercurial are in the file file_a.rej created in the working directory (e.g. at the same place that file_a is). The rejected file is just a part of the initial patch.
At this point you have several solutions, the first is more simple :
- make by hand the modification in file_a.rej to file_a and refresh the patch my_modification.patch
try to reorganize directly the patch my_modification.patch (DANGEROUS)
use the Chris Mason's mpatch to try to reorganize the patch (automatization of the preceding solution).
In any case be wise with any modification !
3.9. Exporting Patches for use with trac
When a patch is ready to be applied to Sage, you should first verify that it will apply cleanly. If you want to be able to undo anything you do in this step, you should run sage -hg qcommit before beginning.
The first step is, from the PATCHES directory, manually edit the series to move your patch in the queue, so that your patch (or patches) are applied only to patches labelled *_closed. Then (from the source directories) use qpush and qpop to bring the first of your patches to the top of the stack (ie, only one of your patches should be applied). Suppose your patches were called 1.patch and 2.patch, and you currently have 1.patch at the top of the stack, and 2.patch as the next patch to be applied. The command sage -hg qfold 2.patch will incorporate the changes from 2.patch into 1.patch, and then delete 2.patch. You should repeat this process until all patches working on one particular issue have been incorporated.
Double check and update the description of the patch, using hg qrefresh -e.
Then you should make sure that sage builds, runs, and passes tests, with just this patch applied on top of the patches that have already been closed. Don't forget to also commit and push your changes to the server.
The next step is to export your patch for submission. Running sage -hg export includes extra information in the patch such as the author of the patch.
cd $SAGE_ROOT/devel/sage-combinat sage -hg export new_feature.patch > /path/to/new_feature.patch
Upload the file new_feature_for_trac.patch to the appropriate ticket on the Sage Trac server, creating the ticket if necessary. Generic procedures for using the trac system for Sage are described here: http://wiki.sagemath.org/TracGuidelines . Here are some further tips for Sage-Combinat tickets:
- Keep the same patch name in the Sage-Combinat queue and on trac.
- Assign it to milestone sage-combinat initially. Once it has a positive review it should be moved to the current merge milestone that is active.
Add "sage-combinat" to the CC field. That way ticket status changes show up at http://groups.google.com/group/sage-combinat-commits
4. Rebasing the patch queue on a new version of sage
This section is for maintainers of the patch queue. Idealy, switching to a new version of Sage should require no work. But sometimes some patches from the Sage community at large that were integrated in the new version of Sage may conflict with the Sage-Combinat patches. Here is how to rebase on them. In this example, we rebase from sage 3.4 to sage 3.4.1. This requires having access to vanilla sage/devel/sage-main directories for 3.4 and 3.4.1 which we assume to be respectively in /opt/sage/devel/sage-main-3.4 and /opt/sage/devel/sage-main
Start from a fresh sage-main from the previous sage version:
cd /tmp hg clone /opt/sage/devel/sage-main-3.4 sage-main
Install the sage-combinat patches, and apply them all
cd sage-main/.hg hg clone http://combinat.sagemath.org/patches patches cd .. hg qselect 3_4_1 hg qpush -a
Then we save the queue state, and launch a 3-way merge
hg qsave -e -c hg pull /opt/sage/devel/sage-main hg update -C tip hg qselect -n hg qpush -m -a