patch-2.5.4: description + notes

patch takes a patch file containing a difference listing produced by the diff program and applies those differences to one or more original files, producing patched versions. Normally the patched versions are put in place of the originals. Backups can be made; see the -b or --backup option. The names of the files to be patched are usually taken from the patch file, but if there's just one file to be patched it can specified on the command line.

This version of `patch' has many changes made by the Free Software Foundation. They add support for:

NOTE: although this patch is very similar to the version 2.1 program in /usr/sbin/patch, some command line arguments (for example "-b" and "--strip") have slightly different syntax.

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