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Node:patch and Keyboard Input, Next:, Previous:More or Fewer Messages, Up:patch Messages

Inhibiting Keyboard Input

There are two ways you can prevent patch from asking you any questions. The -f or --force option assumes that you know what you are doing. It causes patch to do the following:

  • Skip patches that do not contain file names in their headers.
  • Patch files even though they have the wrong version for the Prereq: line in the patch;
  • Assume that patches are not reversed even if they look like they are.

The -t or --batch option is similar to -f, in that it suppresses questions, but it makes somewhat different assumptions:

  • Skip patches that do not contain file names in their headers (the same as -f).
  • Skip patches for which the file has the wrong version for the Prereq: line in the patch;
  • Assume that patches are reversed if they look like they are.

 
 
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