Re: Updated git HOWTO for kernel hackers

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Jun 22 2005 - 19:36:10 EST

On Wed, 22 Jun 2005, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> A few notes on these things:
> git-apply --index /tmp/my.patch
> will not only apply the patch (unified patches only!), but will do the
> index updates for you while it's at it, so if the patch contains new files
> (or it deletes files), you don't need to worry about it.

Btw, if the patch contains rename/copy-patches or mode updates, you _need_
to use git-apply, since regular "patch" doesn't know about file modes and
can't handle file renames or copies.

Now, the rename/copy patches are easy to avoid by just not asking git to
generate them (so they'll show up as just straight file creates, with a
delete of the old file for a rename), but the file mode part in particular
is useful as more than just a way to create smaller (and more
human-readable) patches.

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