How do you remove unneeded patch files?

Erwin Lansing erwin at
Tue Jul 24 19:58:46 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 02:41:04PM -0500, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>  I'm working on a port upgrade.  The existing port has a number of patch 
>  files in FILESDIR that are no longer needed.  (The changes they made have 
>  been incorporated into the distro.)  What's the appropriate way to submit 
>  those changes?  Normally, a send-pr submission will contain the patches for 
>  existing port files.  There is no patch for these.  They need to be removed.
>  I could do this:  diff -Naur files/original_patch_file files/empty_file, but 
>  I don't know if that removes the file or simply replaces it with an empty 
>  one.
The result of using that patch would be an empty file.  This is also
alright to submit it that way, but as a courtesy to the committer (and
also to make sure he doesn't forget) it would be good to mention in the
PR that file/xyz and files/abc should be removed completely.


Erwin Lansing                           
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