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Chapter 7: To Patch Or Not To Patch


Drupal offers considerable performance and scalability without modifying the code in any way. However, much more performance can be obtained by patching the core code. This chapter weighs the pros and cons of patching Drupal, and the impact this has on keeping up to date with security patches and upgrading to new releases.

  1. The Case For Patching
    1. Optimal Performance
    2. Community Patchsets
    3. Backports
    4. Hitting Modularity Limitations
  2. The Case For Not Patching
    1. Avoiding The Unknown and Under Tested
    2. Keeping Up With Security Updates
    3. Upgrading To New Releases