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[bug-patch] Time to repatriate the patch manual?

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: [bug-patch] Time to repatriate the patch manual?
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:29:40 +0000

I was just trying to work out a problem with patch, and, thinking I'd
report a bug. I then discovered that the info manual for patch is part
of diffutils. It is time either to add patch to diffutils or to split
patch's manual out from diffutils?

If the latter is the preferred solution, I'd be happy to make a patch
to split diff.texi into diff.texi and patch.texi. (I presume that
despite its evident length, I wouldn't need a copyright assignment, as
I'd only be moving text around, not writing more than, potentially, a
few bridging words.)

On a side note, any chance of making the diffutils & patch
documentation available under the same terms as automake's? I say this
as I'm about to write another email to a Debian maintainer to request
that diffutils-doc (a package in "non-free") be updated; it's a
horrible example of how two logical and reasonable premises can
produce a dysfunctional conclusion in a particular case.


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