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The GNU patch command, for modifying/upgrading files.

The patch program applies diff files to originals. The diff command is used to compare an original to a changed file. Diff lists the changes made to the file. A person who has the original file can then use the patch command with the diff file to add the changes to their original file (patching the file).

Patch should be installed because it is a common way of upgrading applications.

Package version:2.5.4


This version of `patch' has many changes made by the Free Software Foundation.
They add support for:
 * handling arbitrary binary data and large files
 * the unified context diff format that GNU diff can produce
 * making GNU Emacs-style backup files
 * improved interaction with RCS and SCCS
 * the GNU conventions for option parsing and configuring and compilation.
 * better POSIX.2 compliance


Known problems:

* The diffutils 2.7 documentation for `patch' is obsolete; this should be
  fixed in diffutils 2.8.  Until then, see `patch --help' or `man patch'.
Changes since version 2.5:

* A security hole has been closed.
  It involved race conditions with temporary files.

* The default quoting style is 'shell', which causes `patch' to quote
  file names with funny characters like `$'.  T


PATCH(1)                                                    PATCH(1)

       patch - apply a diff file to an original

       patch [options] [originalfile [patchfile]]

       but usually just

       patch -pnum <patchfile

       patch  takes  a  patch file patchfile containing a difference
       listing produced by the diff program and applies  those  dif‐

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