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Linux.com: CLI Magic: Patching the Differences

Feb 22, 2006, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shashank Sharma)

"Working with free and open source software, one frequently hears terms such as bugs, updates, and patches. When developers come across shortcomings in their software, instead of repackaging the software with the changes, they can provide a patchfile that contains details of all required changes. Two important tools used in the process are diff, which creates a patchfile, and patch, which applies it. You can use both tools with text or HTML files.

"As the name suggests, diff documents differences between two files. diff compares files line by line..."

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