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10.13 GNU patch and Traditional patch

The current version of GNU patch normally follows the POSIX standard. See section 10.12 patch and the POSIX Standard, for the few exceptions to this general rule.

Unfortunately, POSIX redefined the behavior of patch in several important ways. You should be aware of the following differences if you must interoperate with traditional patch, or with GNU patch version 2.1 and earlier.


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