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Re: Where is patch?

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According to Joe Smith on 12/14/2005 8:43 PM:
> Well, path 2.5.9 is available from an official gnu server, but is in a
> very strange place:
> diffutils? in the main archive it is in its own directory!

Yes, because the diffutils project is trying to incorporate patch in order
to share code (remember when sh-utils, fileutils, and textutils joined to
make coreutils?).

> Also from what i can tell:
>  Nothing from is or has ever been offical.
>  It houses development snapshots.
> Note that the above may be incorect, but it is the best I am able to
> figure out.

Yes, projects on are considered development releases, but
they are often good enough to use.  For example, if you are using cygwin
right now, you are either using coreutils 5.3.0 (only published on, or the stable coreutils 5.93 but a cygwin snapshot; either
way, you have a development release on your machine.  So, if patch 2.5.9
provides functionality that makes life on cygwin easier, then the patch
maintainer should decide whether to upgrade to a development release version.

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