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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] NEW: --forward options (alternative to --skip-prese

From: Robert Collins
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] NEW: --forward options (alternative to --skip-present)
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 07:58:49 +1000

On Sun, 2003-09-21 at 07:44, Tom Lord wrote:
> Another new option:  --forward (aka -N) to various merging commands.
> As with `patch(1)', --forward means "ignore hunks that appear to
> already have been applied".
> Thus, this is a (superior, I think) alternative to --skip-present.

I can certainly see it being an alternative, but as it's underpinnings
are fundamentally different, I'm sure it's inferior.

Simple case:
How will it handle double-application of a patch into a tree where
function names used in the patch have changed?

(Not that I object to it's presence, the more power in the tools, the
better, just it the characterisation that it's superior, when it
-cannot- handle the scenarios skip-present was designed for....)

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