Yes you can, apply them as you would normally do,but you may run into
troubles. For example if you try to apply the patch that sends e-mail from
the command line and the one that checks for new mail in incoming folders,
the patch program will fail. The best thing you can do is to send me an
e-mail explaining what you were trying to do. I will help you solve this
I am happy to read your suggestions, to either write a new patch or to
improve an existing patch. If you would like a patch to be a permanent
part of pine just write to the pine developers team
Yes, there are a lot. I am trying to compile a source of patches in the
web. I have come up with the
Because they are compressed files. Some browsers decompress the file for you but keep the original name intact, this means that when patch "name.patch.gz" is downloaded, you will see "name.patch.gz" in your computer, but the file "name.patch.gz" is not compressed anymore.
Not all browsers do this. Lynx is an example of a browser which will keep the file intact.
Also, I have thought
of compressing the patches even more (using bzip), but as far as I know that is
not fully deployed in all systems that Pine is supported, and keeping two
versions of the same patch increases the space that I am using to keep
these patches, so I stick with ".gz extensions" for the moment.
As far as I know the answer is yes. SuSe distributes some of these patches (as patches and in RPM) and I've found someone in Debian also distributing these patches as a rpm, so if you look around, you may find a RPM for you. Gentoo Linux also distributes these patches, but not in rpm format only as patches. Brian Burns informed me that he also distributes RPMs of my patched version of Pine at http://www.sosdg.org/rpm/pine/.
The answer is not a simple one, but when new versions of Pine appear it is handy
to have such list, so I keep a list that tries to minimize the number of
hunks that fail when more than one patch
is applied. I am also trying to rewrite
the patches so that they will minimize collisions. At this moment I am using
the patch program that comes in RedHat 9.0 to do this. I hope other patch
programs behave similarly. The list is in the file
What is a hunk?
This has to do with the past. When I started writing patches my diff program could not create a unified patch, the "-U" option was not available and attempts to build a newer diff program failed. However, the patch program understood the -U option. This was in a TRU64 machine, which was very old, so I decided that context was a more viable option, because of the clarity and support by other programs. I guess now I am stuck with my choice.