diff, patch, and symbolic links

Eric.Oosterhof at radisys.com Eric.Oosterhof at radisys.com
Thu Apr 25 04:34:01 EST 2002

>Paul Ruhland suggests:
>I always do a 'make mrproper' and then an 'rm -f .config*' ( from the root
>of the linux tree of course ) before generating any patch files.  Just be
>sure to save your '.config' somewhere before you remove it.
>This way all generated files including the 'include/asm' symlink are
>Paul Ruhland
I did a 'make mrproper' prior, and I still have the symlink.  I also
deleted it by hand, but that didn't help.  In fact, I even have that
symlink in the original tree.  Is that the root of all evil?  Lastly, when
I deleted the .config, and then do the diff and patch, patch complains that
it wants to erase the .config in the ORIGINAL tree, which is totally wrong!
I absolutely can't have the patch trying to affect the original tree - why
does that even begin to occur?

Eric Oosterhof

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