Quickly apply a patch/diff easily without insight

Basically you do this:

cd foo-1.2/
zcat ../foo-1.2-1.diff.gz | patch -p1 --dry-run

If patch does not complain, remove --dry-run.

This solution comes from jelly of irc.freenode.net#debian after being asked for instructions on how to apply a patch without having to understand ones action.

The alternative was reading one of many tutorials, for example the Arch Linux Build System one. I tried understanding patches and diff files in the past but my only result was aching head and having to ask for guidance in the end.

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