Patching is perfect for when you have a last minute change to your content or you pick up on an error that slipped through the cracks, as it allows you to easily amend the section on it's own. Essentially it allows you to replace a specific section of your content, without having to upload the entire issue again.
the server again.
(But If you are patching just to update a thumbnail image then avoid regenerating the thumbnails again after the patch is complete)
If you want to replace a single section, it must be named exactly as it was in the original content. Failure to do this will result in having the old section and the new section appear within the issue, and to fix this you will need to upload the entire issue again. It's also imperative that your file naming convention stays the same within the patched section.
Patching is really only a suitable option when you are making minor content adjustments, replacing content or adding to existing content. For example, If you had a section that contained three single page PDF's (P-1.pdf, P-2.pdf and P-3.pdf) and you patched this section and added a fourth page (P-4.pdf), this would patch successfully.
However, if you wanted to change from having three single page PDF's to having just one long, single page PDF and uploaded your section with only a P-1.pdf file, it would not remove P-2.pdf and P-3.pdf. In this case, you would need to upload the entire issue again.
The general rule is that replacing or adding to a section is fine, but if you are deleting something it will not work. It is advised that you only patch single sections at a time. Please ensure you only zip the section folder that you want to update (e.g. 100-Cover.zip) and do not zip multiple section folders within a parent folder.
To patch your content, go into the issue within Publish and select Patch from the drop down menu on the right hand side and follow the prompts to upload your new section from there.
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