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I'm just doing a little bit of a file clean-up ahead of upgrading to v8, and need to know what the significance is of .editfrom files (i.e. HEADER.tpl.editfrom).

I assume they are just the temp files that are used by ocPortal while editing the template, and can be safely deleted after I have finished the edits, just as the backup files (i.e. HEADER.tpl.1308048790) can. Is this correct?

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No. You can delete them, but they're useful.

Let's say you upgrade. Suddenly the default theme's CSS is not what your theme's was originally forked from. That is why when a theme is made, we COPY the default theme's CSS to these .editfrom files. It helps with doing diffs (i.e. you can diff between e.g. these .editfrom files and the new default theme files, to see what was changed since you made your theme).


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OK, that makes sense, but short of renaming .tpl.editfrom's to .tpl, what do you do then when you want to diff entire directories of .tpl.editfrom's against the latest .tpl files.

Example:

My site was developed overtime with v6.0 to 7.0.1, so any given template could be based on any version in that range.

I'm at v7.0.1 but want to upgrade to v8 when it comes along.

I should have v7.01 templates in my default theme, and v6.0 - v7.01 in .editform's in my custom theme.

What is the best/correct way to approach the diffs?

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The .editfrom's are actually used by ocPortal, if you choose to do the automatic theme upgrade in the upgrader (which gives mixed success to be honest).

There aren't all that many so you could manually copy them to another directory and rename them and then do a directory diff. Probably if it were me I would just grab a copy of the manual installer of the version you created the theme from and diff using it's themes/default/css directory.


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I'm not sure exactly what version I created the theme from.

I might just try with the auto theme upgrader first (on my clone site of course) and see how good/bad it goes.

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