Re: aplying patches

Marco Mariani (
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 23:30:27 +0100 (MET)

On 3 Nov 1996, Nick Holloway wrote:

> How does the idea of a script which does the following grab you?
> * when given the directory containing the kernel source, and the
> directory containing the patches, automatically brings the kernel
> up to the current version.

done. it also fingered to look up the latest release.

> * Know the correct flags for applying the patches.
> * It checks for reject files, to let you know if the patch failed
> * It cleans up the original files after patching.

done, done, done. It also applied reverse patches to downgrade a kernel, and
handled full zipped source trees. It called menuconfig, make and lilo.

> * Makes coffee for you to drink while the new kernel is building.

nope. But I did all of the above in perl, with a nice dialog interface, before
Linus started with naming the kernel "pre-2.0" or "this-is-2.0-but-not-quite",
and I asked to myself "why can't people simply pipe zcat with patch?"

All The Best,