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Re: does it really need gnu patch?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2001-11-25 00:01:21 CET

"Perry E. Metzger" <perry@piermont.com> writes:

> I'm trying to build the Subversion client on a fairly recent NetBSD.
> config dies trying to find GNU patch -- it seems to be unwilling to
> live with a non-GNU patch. (NetBSD has a non-GPL'ed patch).
>
> Does it really need GNU patch or would it be safe to remove that requirement?

I know that we require GNU diff, because it's the only version of diff
that can deal with files that don't end with a newline. That's why I
originally wrote ac-helpers/gnu-diff.sh.

As for GNU patch, I'm not sure why we require it. Probably just to be
consistent. Does anyone remember who wrote ac-helpers/gnu-patch.sh,
and why? :-)

(The background is: we have no internal diff/patch library, because
after searching for over a year, we can't find one that isn't GPLed.
(CVS uses a librarized version of GNU diffutils.) Therefore we use
the external GNU diff and patch.)

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