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
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
* The diffutils 2.7 documentation for `patch' is obsolete; this should be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 - 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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