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  1. #1

    Regarding Patching

    Dear All,

    Can Any one give some info regarding what are the patching and how to add or delete the patches.

    Sri Anu.

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    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Harrow, UK
    Patching is simply a way of making small modifications in large files. Suppose you have written a program and distributed it publicly and then you find and fix a bug in it. Now you have a new version of the program. In principle you could simply make this available as a complete file, but everyone will save on download bandwidth if you simply distribute a small file containing the differences between the old and the new versions. This is called a patch.

    You make a patch by running the diff command on the two versions and directing the output into a file. Then each user of your program can use the patch command on the old version (which they already have) and the patch file which you have made available.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    You can run man patch from the command line for lots of good information on using the patch command, and a quick google search will reveal a number of easy to understand linux patch howto articles.

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