I’ve been banging on about source and configuration management for years. I teach SCM to students and have even written a paper about how to use it in teaching software engineering. I sent a patch to Eric S. Raymond for the documentation to his comparator, and got back the following reply.
Applied — but necessarily by hand, because you sent an -e patch. You
should ship patches in -c or -u format.
D’oh. I’ve been told that before with respect to source code. I didn’t think it would be the same for documentation. Well, you live and learn.