More insane patch behavior.

Rob Landley rob at
Tue Aug 24 19:10:34 UTC 2010

On Saturday 21 August 2010 22:44:02 Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> On Sunday 22 August 2010 01:47, Rob Landley wrote:
> > So I'm trying to build a Gentoo Stage 1 on top of busybox, uClibc, and a
> > native toolchain, and emerge is hanging doing this:
> >
> > patch -p0 --dry-run
> > /var/tmp/portage/sys-apps/util-linux-2.17.2/work/util-linux-ng-2.17.2/con
> >fig/install-sh install- sh/1.5.6
> >
> > That's the first time I've ever actually seen anything use the patch
> > behavior:
> >
> > patch [options] [file-to-patch [patchfile]]
> >
> > So if there's an unused extra filename, it's the name of the file to
> > patch (overriding the +++ and --- lines for all hunks, apparently), and
> > if there's an extra file after that it works like -i was specified.
> Wow. bbox had this in help text, but did not actually support.

I've never seen anything _use_ it before now...

> > I know how to make toybox do that (option parsing happens before main()
> > gets called, the stuff your option string expresses interest in gets
> > filled out in your global struct, and the remaining option array is
> > toys.optargs[]), but have no idea how to make the strange getopt32()
> > stuff busybox is using do that (you have to pass varargs to your function
> > call and then the optargs wind up where?
> Similarly to getopt, after getopt32() argv[optind] is the first non-option
> parameter. I usually put   argv += optind;   right after getopt32(),
> which means I can use argv[0] after that (smaller code).

Eh, I'm just spoiled. :)

> > And if you need to pluck interspersied -options out of the leftover
> > optargs you reorder the argv[] passed into you by the environment so you
> > contaminate what ps shows?
> I think only argv[] pointers are permutated, not the strings they point to.

Long ago, busybox used to modify the arguments that showed in ps, but I 
suppose it went out of its way to do so at the time.  (I just did a quick test 
program and writing to argv[0] didn't do it.  *shrug*)

> Anyway, here's the fix in busybox git:
> Let me know whether it works for you.


Yeah, but then a bit later emerge died because it was trying to use --dry-run.  

GPLv3: as worthy a successor as The Phantom Menace, as timely as Duke Nukem 
Forever, and as welcome as New Coke.

More information about the busybox mailing list