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Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2007 23:05:35 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Need help appying a patch to john 1.7.2

Please try to quote relevant context only.

On Sat, Apr 07, 2007 at 01:46:08PM -0400, Gavin Westermann wrote:
> e220r% pwd
> /home/gavin/tools/john-1.7.2
> *** now from inside the main john-1.7.2 directory I'll run Alains 
> suggestion on the unzipped diff file
> e220r% patch -p1 < john-1.7.2-mscash-alainesp-4.1.diff
> Looks like a unified context diff.
> File to patch:
> 220r% ** it stops there asking for the file to patch unlike yours which 
> seems to know what and where to find.

You've never mentioned what OS you're doing this on (try "uname -a").
Maybe your "patch" command is simply non-working or more limited.  You
might want to try with GNU patch, or on a system that provides GNU patch
out of the box.

> Now I don't understand the impact of the different "p" modifiers,

This should be explained in "man patch".

> 1 in Alain's case and 0 in others?

I don't know where you found an example with "-p0", but it is wrong for
this patch file when applied from under "john-1.7.2".

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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