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SubjectRe: patches from 2.0.x to 2.1.x

On Fri, 18 Oct 1996, Nir Soffer wrote:
> would it be possible to distribute patches of 2.0.22 and 2.0.23 to 2.1.0
> as well as patches from 2.0.21 to 2.1.0 , it would just make life a lot
> easier for all of the people who have downloaded the latest 2.0.x and
> want to upgrade to 2.1.x ...
> Just thought it might be a good idea - *Cringes from the flames*.

You can "downgrade" with patches too, although to be quite honest it can be
painful due to some strange behaviour (I'd call it a bug, but it might be
documented) with reverse-patching files that are created by a patch.

Essentially, you can do

cd /usr/src/linux /* latest 2.0.23 kernel */
patch -R -p1 < ../patch-2.0.23
/* now it should be 2.0.22, because patch 23 got "R"eversed */
patch -R -p1 < ../patch-2.0.22

Yes, it would be easier if I made patches from every version to every other
version, but it would be easier for YOU. Uncaring bastard that I am I whisper
"damn suckers" under my breath and cackle hysterically when I think of all
the clueless newbies destroying their source trees by a mispatch.



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