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Re: Questions about patch

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Questions about patch
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 07:18:16 +0300

> From: "Gary Setter" <address@hidden>
> Cc: <address@hidden>,
>       <address@hidden>
> Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005 11:51:30 -0500
> would it be more useful to implement two mutually
> exclusive switches -terminatelineslf and --terminatelinesdefault
> to choose between opening output files as binary vs text files;
> and then consistently reading files as binary (throwing out cr)?

I don't know.  I never tried to see whether this would be possible or
easy in Patch.

The advantage of the current code is that it is already there and
works quite well in the Windows environment, provided that you use
"--binary" where appropriate.

> Where is the source for the latest versions of patch kept?

Paul will know the answer to this.

> I had a second question, is a portable version of patch needed?
> That is one compatible with more Windows compilers?

I cannot speak for Paul, but the usual answer to this is "it depends".
It depends on how hard it is to make Patch portable to more compilers,
and how clean are the changes that are submitted for that purpose.  If
you can craft changes that don't pollute the mainstream sources with
ugly ifdef's, those changes have better chances of being accepted.

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