Bug 237561 - [PATCH] gendiff doesn't emit unified diff headers
Summary: [PATCH] gendiff doesn't emit unified diff headers
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm   
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Version: rawhide
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Assignee: Paul Nasrat
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Reported: 2007-04-23 19:37 UTC by Ville Skyttä
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:12 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-05-17 10:07:56 UTC
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Emit unified diff headers for compatibility (526 bytes, patch)
2007-04-23 19:37 UTC, Ville Skyttä
no flags Details | Diff

Description Ville Skyttä 2007-04-23 19:37:18 UTC
Unlike diff(1) when producing diffs containing multiple files (with -r), ditto
version control systems, gendiff does not emit unified diff headers for each
file in the diff.  This (especially missing headers between files) causes some
compatibility issues, for example with GNU Emacs' diff-mode.el.  Fix against
rpm.org hg attached.

Comment 1 Ville Skyttä 2007-04-23 19:37:18 UTC
Created attachment 153308 [details]
Emit unified diff headers for compatibility

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2007-04-23 23:35:23 UTC
Do you have an example of the different behavior?
Without encyclopaedic knowledge of diff, I find
it hard to tell what the changed output would look like.

There are also reasons to avoid bash-isms for portability of gendiff.

Comment 3 Ville Skyttä 2007-04-24 16:11:03 UTC
Which bashisms does the patch in comment 1 introduce?  That wasn't intentional.

The unified diff headers added by the patch are the "diff ..." lines before each
hunk as seen when comparing eg. these:

According to my experience, it doesn't really matter exactly what the line
between hunks contains as long as it doesn't start with a space, plus or minus
(and IIRC eg. GNU Arch generates empty lines there), but this patch mimicks what
"diff -r ..." adds itself.

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2007-04-24 20:36:12 UTC
My tired old eyes say thanks! for the examples. So diff-mode.el wants an echo of the diff command that 
was run, easy enuf, can/will do.

The bash-isms are not from your patch, apologies for muttering offhandedly.

Too many diff's, so much uglix, and gendiff is just a 21 line loop with a man page.

Comment 5 Paul Nasrat 2007-05-17 10:07:56 UTC
Commited to rpm.org tree, will be in next release. Thanks for the patch

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