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       Text::Patch - Patches text with given patch


           use Text::Patch;

           $output = patch( $source, $diff, STYLE => "Unified" );

           use Text::Diff;

           $src  = ...
           $dst  = ...

           $diff = diff( \$src, \$dst, { STYLE => 'Unified' } );

           $out  = patch( $src, $diff, { STYLE => 'Unified' } );

           print "Patch successful" if $out eq $dst;


       Text::Patch combines source text with given diff (difference) data.  Diff data is produced
       by Text::Diff module or by the standard diff utility (man diff, see -u option).

       patch( $source, $diff, options... )
           First argument is source (original) text. Second is the diff data.  Third argument can
           be either hash reference with options or all the rest arguments will be considered
           patch options:

               $output = patch( $source, $diff, STYLE => "Unified", ... );

               $output = patch( $source, $diff, { STYLE => "Unified", ... } );

           Options are:

             STYLE => 'Unified'

           STYLE can be "Unified", "Context" or "OldStyle".

           The 'Unified' diff format looks like this:

             @@ -1,7 +1,6 @@
             -The Way that can be told of is not the eternal Way;
             -The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
              The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
             -The Named is the mother of all things.
             +The named is the mother of all things.
              Therefore let there always be non-being,
                so we may see their subtlety,
              And let there always be being,
             @@ -9,3 +8,6 @@
              The two are the same,
              But after they are produced,
                they have different names.
             +They both may be called deep and profound.
             +Deeper and more profound,
             +The door of all subtleties!


         Interfaces with files, arrays, etc.


         Vladi Belperchinov-Shabanski "Cade"

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         $Id:,v 1.6 2007/04/07 19:57:41 cade Exp $