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what is a .diff file?

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#1 ndering



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Posted 15 June 2003 - 04:32 AM


I'm trying to patch my kernel to get acpi to work on my comaq notebook and i had to download three kernel patch files. one was in tar.gz format and two were in diff.gz

I know how to work the tarballs,

But after I unzip the diff.gz, what do I do with the diff?

Is this a different type of compression? :x

thanx for any help i get from all you smart peeps!!!

#2 EgoWarrior



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Posted 15 June 2003 - 07:36 PM

They're just a set of differences between files. You use it with patch (see man patch). It should say in the README how to use them, but usually its something similar to:

patch -p1 -E < <filename>

But CHECK THE README because the number after -p might be different, or it might need different options

#3 ndering



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Posted 16 June 2003 - 02:28 AM

thanks smile

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