How to apply a patch to a port

Clay Daniels Jr. clay.daniels.jr at
Tue Oct 22 02:57:58 UTC 2019

Thanks Yasuhiro. My patch file is a text file named
patch-linuxkpi_gplv2_src_linux__page.c with this content:

diff --git a/linuxkpi/gplv2/src/linux_page.c
index e2b85c45c..060ae85ed 100644
--- a/linuxkpi/gplv2/src/linux_page.c
+++ b/linuxkpi/gplv2/src/linux_page.c
@@ -239,7 +239,7 @@ retry:
  page = vm_page_lookup(devobj, i);
  if (page == NULL)
- if (vm_page_sleep_if_busy(page, "linuxkpi"))
+ if (!vm_page_busy_acquire(page, VM_ALLOC_WAITFAIL))
  goto retry;
  cdev_pager_free_page(devobj, page);

I copied it, as root, from my thumbdrive to a /root/files directory I
created. Then i went to the main port directory for drm-current-kmod, ran
make patch, which did a lot of activity and created a /work/kms-drm-2d2852e
directory, where I tried to run:
patch -p 1 -s -i /root/files/patch-linuxkpi_gplv2_src_linux__page.c
It said 1 of 1 hunks failed - saving rejects...
Then I changed it to say -p 1, ran that and it asks: "File to patch:"

I answered linux_page.c because I could not think of anything else, but the
file was not found. There are a lot of files created by the "make patch"
command and I'm looking through them now, though I'm not really sure what
I'm looking for.

Between our emails, I discovered the FreeBSD Porter's Handbook and it has a
lot of info I need to read. Of course I want to get this one patch
installed, but most importantly I want to know how to do it again, and
understand what I'm doing. By Friday there will be another snapshot, and
this patch will not be necessary I hope. For now I will retire to my
reading the Porter's Handbook.

Thanks so much,  Yasuhiro.


On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 7:09 PM Yasuhiro KIMURA <yasu at> wrote:

> From: Clay Daniels <clay.daniels.jr at>
> Subject: Re: How to apply a patch to a port
> Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:21:19 -0500
> >> 1. cd /usr/ports/graphics/drm-current-kmod
> > OK, but should my patch file be here, or do I need to make a /files
> > subdirectory and put it there?
> Patch file should be put somewhere out of ports tree. And you don't
> have to create files subdirectory because it will be created at step 6.
> >> 2. make patch
> >> 3. cd work/kms-drm-2d2852e
> >> 4. patch -p 0 -s -i
> >> /path/to/patch/patch-linuxkpi_gplv2_src_linux__page.c
> >>     (You may need to change '-p 0' to '-p 1' or '-p 2' or ...)
> >> 5. cd ../..
> >> 6. make makepatch
> >> 7. make clean
> >>
> >> Then new patch file is created under files subdirectory.
> >
> > Then change back to main port directory & run make install (clean) for
> > the whole port, right?
> Yes.
> And in fact, if you succeeded to apply patch with '-p 0' in step 4,
> then you don't have to follow above procedure. Instead take following
> steps.
> 1.  cd /usr/ports/graphics/drm-current-kmod
> 2'. mkdir files
> 3'. cp /path/to/patch/patch-linuxkpi_gplv2_src_linux__page.c files
> Then 'make install' should work.
> The reason that I recommended first procedure is that there are some
> different patch formats. If the patch is created by 'diff' or 'svn
> diff' then it can be applied with 'patch -p 0'. So you can use second
> procedure. But if it is created by 'git diff' or 'git format-patch'
> then it need to be applied with 'patch -p 1'. In this case you can't
> use second one. I don't know how your patch is created. So I
> recommended one that can be used everytime.
> ---
> Yasuhiro KIMURA
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