The patch utility is used to merge a diff file into your
own source tree. This tool is only needed, if you want to apply
a patch (diff file) from someone else (probably from the
developer mailing list) to try out in your own private source
Unless you are in the rare case needing to apply a
patch to your private source tree, you won't need the patch
You will find more instructions in
Section 3.10, “Apply a patch from someone else” on how to use the patch
4.14.1. UNIX or Win32 Cygwin: patch
Patch is available for most of the UNIX-like platforms
and as the patch package from the
If GNU patch isn't already installed or
available as a package for your platform, you can get it at:
After correct installation, typing at the
bash command line prompt:
should result in something like:
Copyright (C) 1988 Larry Wall
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
You may redistribute copies of this program
under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING.
written by Larry Wall and Paul Eggert
However, the version string may vary.