[Python-Dev] Unified or context diffs?

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed Apr 13 22:49:14 CEST 2005

On Wed, 2005-04-13 at 15:54, Brett C. wrote:

> I thought at one point this question came up and the general consensus was that
> unified diffs were preferred?

Back in the day, we preferred context diffs, and I think of the original
Python core group, Guido was the last holdout.  But IIRC, a few years
ago the issue came up again; Guido had changed his mind so we changed
syncmail to produce unified diffs.

IMO unifieds are preferred when the diffs are for human consumption, but
when they're only for machine consumption, anything that the patch
program accepts is fine.


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