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7.7. Submitting a Patch

Once you have created a patch that you would like to see included in a FOSS project, it's important to submit the patch in a manner appropriate for that project. In some cases, this may mean creating a patch with certain flags passed to the diff command; in other cases, it may mean writing an email to a development email list attaching your patch file and writing a description of the code change. When in doubt, ask a developer! Most developers would be very happy to help you submit your first patch as they know it may lead to you contributing even more to the project.
Here are some general guidelines to follow submitting a patch:
Don't be surprised or offended if your patch is not accepted for inclusion into a project's code. This can happen for a number of reasons: