How to remove a patch from a port?

Joshua Tinnin krinklyfig at
Wed Oct 20 02:40:02 PDT 2004

On Tuesday 19 October 2004 11:43 am, Ion-Mihai Tetcu <itetcu at> 
> On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 15:06:55 -0700
> Joshua Tinnin <krinklyfig at> wrote:
> > I'm wondering how to remove a custom patch for a port. I am sort of
> > new at this, but I've managed to learn how to patch a port and
> > upgrade it for testing. But I'm not at all sure how to remove that
> > patch if need be. What I've been doing is removing a chunk of the
> > ports tree with cd /usr/ports && rm -rf */*portname* and then
> > cvsup'ping again, but this doesn't seem right or very efficient.
> > I've read the man page for patch, but the only thing I can come up
> > with is the reverse option, which I must admit I don't totally
> > understand. Can anyone explain this in a way that makes sense?
> If I understand what you want correctly, all you have to do is to
> rename the patch from:
> /usr/ports/cat/your_port/files/patch-you_want_not_applied to
> something that does not begin with 'patch'.

OK, and thanks by the way, but let's say it's a patch which involves 
several ports as part of a metaport, like xcfe4? Someone else 
recommended just rm -rf all the affected branches and then cvsup'ping, 
which I had been doing, more or less, but it seemed to me like that was 
sort of sloppy (but maybe there isn't a graceful way to do this). I was 
just wondering if there was anything that was the equivalent of 

- jt

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