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Old 05-29-2010, 04:10 AM   #1
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why use diff


Hi,
i want to know why do we need to patch files based upon diff when we can directly overwrite the old file with the new file.


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Old 05-29-2010, 04:17 AM   #2
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size.
Put yourself in the position of a kernel programmer. He fixes three of the thousands of files in one modules 17 directories down and adds a new subdir to that directory with a few files in it. If he didn't have diff, how would he distribute this work?
 
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Plus patching is quite often the precursor to the next release but until it comes out and fixes the relevant issues the patch is supplied.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 06:38 AM   #4
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Size, and also maybe to not clash with other changes.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 07:28 AM   #5
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Its also a brilliant way of looking at what this new code contains; a few times I've seen patches which are no better than the code they replace, and have been in a position to say so. If I was being sent a tarball of the whole thing then we'd probably have to keep running the new bad code until it broke and we fixed it again.
 
  


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