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I tried to apply a kernel patch and found it was already installed. But in this message: Code: Reversed (or previously applied) patch detected! Assume -R? [n] ... what does ...
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    Patching: Assume ?


    I tried to apply a kernel patch and found it was already installed. But in this message:

    Code:
    Reversed (or previously applied) patch detected!  Assume -R? [n]
    ... what does "Assume -R" mean? And what would I respond if I wanted the re-apply the patch? Thanks.

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    The convention is generally to make diff's with the older file first:
    Code:
    diff -c foo.bar.orig foo.bar
    Using
    Code:
    patch -R
    tells patch to assume the person who wrote the diff messed up and did:
    Code:
    diff -c foo.bar foo.bar.orig

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