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Old 04-19-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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I am trying to apply a patch to various files in a installation. But... I'm just not getting the big picture on this. how can I get the path to patch to specific files, if I don't know what files the patch was meant for. And even if I did, I would have to "original file" them all separately. So I end up with hunks not installing and getting errors. So in short, how do I use a patch command. I want to have the command look in a directory for the needed files and start applying the path to those files.

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The patch command appears to be one you can use to build patches of your own so the implication is that you would already know the path. I found it on my Fedora system but hadn't used it before.

I suspect what you're trying to do is to update existing packages and for most distros that is NOT done with the "patch" command. For Debian based distros it is usually apt or one of its derivatives or variations (e.g. aptitude). For RedHat based distros (including Fedora and CentOS) the package manager is rpm with enhanced tool called yum. Suse Linux has yet another tool whose name escapes me at the moment.

I haven't used mint linux but according to its web site it is derived from Ubuntu which in turn is derived from Debian so you likely need to use apt, aptitude, dpkg or one of those. You can get more information on them by typing "man <command>" at command line.


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