Building XFCE from Git

I recently tried to build an XFCE package using the git source (because I wanted to apply a patch).  Something I couldn’t find except in an ancient mailing list archive, was that you frequently need to pass either autogen or configure “–enable-maintainer-mode”, I passed it to both just to be safe.  Have fun building xfce.

Shotwell and Diffs

I’m fairly familiar with cvs, less so with svn. And patches have always made me feel a little uneasy. But I’d like to try contributing to a few different open source projects (especially shotwell) and in order to do so effectively patching is the name of the game. So I found this quite useful and practical howto and this possibly less useful but interesting story which shares at least a few superficial similarities to my own. Off to figure out how to improve shotwell.