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From Erik Abele <>
Subject Re: modification - 2.0/manual/install.xml
Date Fri, 04 Oct 2002 19:53:14 GMT
Thom May wrote:
> * Jan Faerber  ( wrote :
>>Dear Hirokai!
>>Please answer a general question!
>>Why do you start some of your lines with "-"- and some with a "+"-character?
>>Is this a kind of value like "this is fine" and "this is not so good"?
> These are markers from diff, which is a tool used to produce patches.
> the - means remove this line, and the + means add this line.
> Your question to Joshua regarding the @@ -10,12 +10,13 lines in the cvs
> commit emails also comes from this, and is used to indicate where the change
> is in the file and how many lines have been removed and added.
> Cheers,
> -Thom


you can find an easy to understand description of the basic Apache 
working model in Ken Coar's Documentation Project Tutorial under


Especially the section about patches should help you to find answers:



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