I'm upgrading the core from 9.1.7 to 9.2.5, however there's a patch I don't how to upgrade.

This is the relative issue. The file 2897638-48.patch is currently used. The patch's work meanwhile proceed and was integrated in the "fork based merge request (MR)" system.

I opened a issue in the past on the general use of the MR system, read this one and the documentation of Drupal site, so at least I know how to get the latest patch file. However it doesn't aplly, because I suppose it has been target for the 9.3 version.

Reading the commits' list I'd like to try to install the patch at the commit eaa43b0c10c6fff8595d72d23c0f40a028bf0a71 ("Cleanup leftover."), because it looks to me it's the last one before the switch to the 9.3 branch.

However I don't know if and how I can get the .patch file of that specific revision.

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There's more than one way to apply a one-off patch to a Composer-based PHP project. The classic way is to use cweagans/composer-patches, which is the way you have learned.

This article explains in detail how to use Composer Patches to patch Drupal core.

You may be able to use this method to apply this patch, which is the approach recommended by @catch in this comment, by including this in your composer.json:

    "extra": {
      "enable-patching": true,
        "patches": {
          "drupal/core": {
            "Allow Views exposed sort identifiers to be configured": "https://git.drupalcode.org/project/drupal/-/merge_requests/54.diff"

As @catch mentions:

@Giuseppe87 you can use https://git.drupalcode.org/project/drupal/-/merge_requests/54.diff - although to get a stable patch to apply, it's best to download this to a /patches directory in your codebase, and then add the local patch path to composer.

To follow these instructions, open a Terminal and cd to the project root directory of your Drupal 9.2 project, then execute the following commands:

$ mkdir patches
$ cd patches
$ wget https://git.drupalcode.org/project/drupal/-/merge_requests/54.diff
$ mv 54.diff configure-views-exposed-sort-identifiers.patch

To use the local patch file in your project rather than the remotely-hosted patch on Drupal.org, your composer.json would look like this:

    "extra": {
      "enable-patching": true,
        "patches": {
          "drupal/core": {
            "Allow Views exposed sort identifiers to be configured": "patches/configure-views-exposed-sort-identifiers.patch"

Using a local file is considered the best practice here, since it has some advantages over using a remote file. It's both more secure and more efficient.

There's another, relatively new, method to apply patches by opening up an Issue Fork and my initial answer recommended that method, but it's not necessary here.

EDIT: After reading your comments below, it looks like your problem is that !54 was never applied to the 9.2 branch before rebasing.

Going back to the MR on GitHub, you can roll back the last two commits by choosing "Version 9" of the MR:

Version 9 of Merge Request 54

But even then, the target is set to 9.3 and it's not clear how to change it using the web-based UI.

You'll need to follow the Git Instructions to clone Drupal core to a local development environment:

$ git clone https://git.drupalcode.org/project/drupal.git
$ cd drupal

Then, go back to your Issue Queue and look at the instructions to check out the branch for an Issue Fork:

Instructions to check out branch for an Issue Fork

$ git remote add drupal-2897638 [email protected]:issue/drupal-2897638.git
$ git fetch drupal-2897638

Also check out the 9.2.x branch:

$ git checkout -b '9.2.x' --track drupal-2897638/'9.2.x'

Now, you want to generate a diff between the state of the project at commit eaa43b0c and the 9.2.x branch:

$ git checkout eaa43b0c
$ git diff drupal-2897638/9.2.x > configure-views-exposed-sort-identifiers.patch

This will generate a patch between the commit you have identified and the 9.2.x branch.

However, this may still not be what you want. The patch generated by this method is more than 230,000 lines of code:

$ wc -l configure-views-exposed-sort-identifiers.patch                    
230134 configure-views-exposed-sort-identifiers.patch

It's possible that the git commit you have identified was always based on the 9.3.x branch. It seems that there is more work to be done in order to recreate the essential work for this patch and apply it cleanly to the 9.x branch.

It's difficult to say for sure, because eaa43b0c is already 93,000 lines of code ahead of the 9.3.x branch:

$  git diff 9.3.x |wc -l

It's easy to take for granted how much work people put in to this open source software that we all rely on. If you require the functionality supplied by this patch, the easiest way to get it will be to upgrade your Drupal project to the 9.3.x branch a bit sooner than you'd have preferred to do so. Then the patch will apply cleanly, and you won't need to understand those 93,000 lines of code.

One last note -- the diff generated by Merge Request 54 is less than 1000 lines of code:

$ wc -l 54.diff                                                          
936 54.diff

You might be able to check out the 9.x branch and apply each of those 936 changes by hand in order to generate the patchfile in your local. It would still be a lot of work, but maybe less work than some of the other options.

This is not a common situation; most Composer Patches are smaller than this monster by orders of magnitude.

Good luck!

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    sorry, your answer isn't clear to me: how can I apply the patch to the specific branch, if I don't have the file for that version?
    – Giuseppe
    Sep 13, 2021 at 13:25
  • @Giuseppe I have updated my answer. Let me know if that works for you! Sep 13, 2021 at 13:59
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    Thank you for your detailed answer but it doesn't answer to my problem. I already knew how to apply the patch at "git.drupalcode.org/project/drupal/-/merge_requests/54.diff" as I linked to the original question. The problem is that file works with 9.3, I need to make it work with 9.2 and I don't know how (or if it even is possible) get in the merge request the file that at least at some point existed compatible with that version.
    – Giuseppe
    Sep 13, 2021 at 14:42
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    @Giuseppe In that case, you have two options: you can open a new Issue Fork and create a merge request with 9.2 as the parent branch, or you can (perhaps more simply) git clone the repo and use git diff to generate the correct patch file. I don't have time to update my answer now, but I may be able to do so later. Your real problem is that this particular patch is so huge, it's very hard to review. Sep 13, 2021 at 15:06

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