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[bug-patch] GNU patch close to next stable release (2)

From: Andreas Grünbacher
Subject: [bug-patch] GNU patch close to next stable release (2)
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:50:14 +0200

After another improvement in git-style diff support to better handle
diffs, here is a last call for testing to ensure that the code works
well enough to
become the next stable release. Please find the latest development snapshots


The following significant changes have happened since the last stable release
in December 2009:

* Support for most features of the "diff --git" format, including renames and
  copies, permission changes, and symlink diffs.  Binary diffs are not
  supported yet; patch will complain and skip them.

* Support for double-quoted filenames in the "diff --git" format: when a
  filename starts with a double quote, it is interpreted as a C string
  literal.  The escape sequences \\, \", \a, \b, \f, \n, \r, \t, \v, and \ooo
  (a three-digit octal number between 0 and 255) are recognized.

* Patch now ignores destination file names that are absolute or that contain
  a component of "..".  This addresses CVE-2010-4651.

* Refuse to apply a normal patch to a symlink.  (Previous versions of patch
  were replacing the symlink with a regular file.)

* When trying to modify a read-only file, warn about the potential problem
  by default.  The --read-only command line option allows to change this

* Files that should be deleted are now deleted once the entire patch file has
  been read.  This fixes a bug with numbered backup files.

* When a timestamp specifies a time zone, honor that instead of assuming the
  local time zone (--set-date) or Universal Coordinated Time (--set-utc).

* Support for nanosecond precision timestamps.

* Many portability and bug fixes.

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in the project's bug tracker on Savannah:



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