patch -Np1 -i ../gzip-1.2.4a.patch.gz

Georg Wilckens durandal at
Tue Jun 6 03:26:56 PDT 2000

On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 11:11:11AM +0200, Ruediger Schablowsky wrote:
> Hi,
> in LFS 2.3.4. chapter 5 about gzip are the lines:
> > Install this patch by running the following command:
> > root:gzip-1.2.4a#  patch -Np1 -i ../gzip-1.2.4a.patch.gz
> If I do so, I get the answer from patch:
> > patch unexpectedly ends in middle of line
> > patch: **** Only garbage was found in the patch input.    
> I head to unzip the archive first - in my system
> patch 2.5.3 is installed.

Hmm... maybe there are patch(1)es out there that detect .gz
files. Probably not the vanilla patch(1). The correct command would
hence be

gunzip -c ../gzip-1.2.4a.patch.gz | patch -Np1

It is generally a good idea to keep the zipped source-files intact for
later use.

Georg Wilckens <durandal at>

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