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Re: [bug-diffutils] GNU patch close to next stable release (2)

From: Andreas Grünbacher
Subject: Re: [bug-diffutils] GNU patch close to next stable release (2)
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:02:12 +0200


2012/8/1 Junio C Hamano <address@hidden>:
> Andreas Grünbacher <address@hidden> writes:
>> * Support for double-quoted filenames in the "diff --git" format: when a
>>   filename starts with a double quote, it is interpreted as a C string
>>   literal.  The escape sequences \\, \", \a, \b, \f, \n, \r, \t, \v, and \ooo
>>   (a three-digit octal number between 0 and 255) are recognized.
> Is this also available in non-git diffs?

I have only enabled this for git-style diffs for now. GNU diff doesn't do
filename quoting so far and if it eventually implements a slightly different
form of quoting (which I wouldn't recommend), we might be in trouble.

> IIRC, this extension to allow funny characters in pathnames was
> proposed by and discussed with Paul Eggert (listed as one of GNU
> diffutils maintainers at www.gnu.org/software/diffutils/) and git happened
> to adopt it earlier than "GNU diff" itself did.

Paul and Jim, any thoughts about adding filename quoting to GNU diff anytime
soon, or about the format?


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