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From "rleland@apache.org" <lel...@speakeasy.net>
Subject [PATCH][On Contributing Patches]
Date Thu, 26 Feb 2004 03:44:28 GMT
http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/patches.html

Every time I apply patches I have to go read the manual again,
and there isn't a wealth of examples.

A meager but helpful reference is:

http://www.network-theory.co.uk/articles/patchintro.html

Probably the best advice is to first try:
the '--dry-run' option to experiment with the options
until a combination is found that works.

For example using just

patch --dry-run -i japanese.diff

doesn't work, ie patch couldn't figure out that
the patch was created with the '-u' option.
So this combination works most of the time:

patch --dry-run -u -p0 -i japanese.diff


Then when the patch applies cleanly the '--dry-run'
can be safely removed and the patch applied for real.

-Rob




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