Patching files with spaces in the name

SAMUEL ISAAC LAWRANCE samuel.lawrance at
Thu Apr 7 22:43:41 PDT 2005

----- Original Message -----
From: Alex Varju <alex at>
Date: Friday, April 8, 2005 2:31 pm
Subject: Re: Patching files with spaces in the name

> Antonio Carlos Venancio Junior wrote:
> >> Alex Varju wrote:
> >> While I'm sure this question must have come up in the past, I 
> can't 
> >> find anything in the archives.  Is there any good method for 
> patching 
> >> source files with spaces in the name?
> >>
> >> I'm looking at creating an eclipse-devel port for Eclipse 
> 3.1m5a.  
> >> I've already got something working now that allows me to build 
> on 
> >> AMD64 (see the freebsd-java archives if you are interested).  
> Now I'm 
> >> trying to clean up my work, and one of the problems I've 
> encountered 
> >> is that Eclipse uses spaces in many of their paths.  If I take 
> a diff 
> >> for changes I've made to files within one of these directories, 
> the 
> >> patch won't apply again afterwards.
> >>
> >> Are there any ports that deal with similar problems in an 
> elegant manner?
> >
> >     do you have some examples?
> Hi Antonio,
> Yes, I do have an example.  I've attached a diff from the port I 
> have in 
> progress.  The theory is that it should update the file 
> in the 
> directory "plugins/org.eclipse.swt/Eclipse SWT PI/gtk/library". 
> Unfortunately, because of the spaces in "Eclipse SWT PI", the 
> patch does 
> not work.

Looks like patch can't handle it as is - fetchname() in
src/gnu/usr.bin/patch/util.c copies the filename up to the first
space. Googling finds various discussions of the same problem.

Sorry about the horrendous wrapping.

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