Re: [PATCH] [RFC] adding support for .patches and /proc/patches.gz

From: Paul Eggert
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 13:41:28 EST

Jon Oberheide <jon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> I'm CC'ing this to the GNU patch maintainers. Hopefully they will have
> some input.

As I understand it, Solution 4 is an incompatible change to 'patch'
which would cause 'patch' to not conform to POSIX, the LSB, or to
widespread existing practice. That's a pretty serious step, and I'm
not sure it's worth the aggravation.

Solution 3 would be to add an option to 'patch' to cause it to log the
patches into a file. The basic idea seems like a worthwhile
improvement to 'patch', though (as you mention) it's more of a hassle
for users to remember the option.

Perhaps there's a better way to address the problem in a way that
maintains compatibility while still satisfying your needs. For example,
if the kernel patches all contained a line like this at the start:

Patch-log: .patches

then 'patch' could log all the changes into the named file. This
would conform to POSIX.
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