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usually patches get applied to source code, and then the code is recompiled... of course if the patch only changes certain run-time configs or whatever, then there's no need to recompile as the binaries aren't touched... the best thing would be to look at the comments in the patch, or a documentation web page for it... where'd you get the patch??
well, judging by the name of the parent directory ("SOURCES") and the fact the patch looks like it adds certain lib options, i'd say yeah, you wanna apply this patch before recompiling... are you using a howto or something to recompile openoffice.org?? personally, i've never done it...