The script reads a configuration file that may contain so-called
guards, file names, and comments, and writes those file names
that satisfy all guards to standard output. The script takes a
list of symbols as its arguments. Each line in the configuration
file is processed separately. Lines may start with a number of
guards. The following guards are defined:
+xxx Include the file(s) on this line if the symbol xxx is
-xxx Exclude the file(s) on this line if the symbol xxx is
+!xxx Include the file(s) on this line if the symbol xxx is
-!xxx Exclude the file(s) on this line if the symbol xxx is
- Exclude this file. Used to avoid spurious --check messages.
The guards are processed left to right. The last guard that
matches determines if the file is included. If no guard is
specified, the --default setting determines if the file is
If no configuration file is specified, the script reads from
The --check option is used to compare the specification file
against the file system. If files are referenced in the
specification that do not exist, or if files are not enlisted in
the specification file warnings are printed. The --path option
can be used to specify which directory or directories to scan.
Multiple directories are separated by a colon (":") character.
The --prefix option specifies the location of the files.
Alternatively, the --path=@<file> syntax can be used to specify a
file from which the file names will be read.
Use --list to list all files independent of any rules. Use
--invert-match to list only the excluded patches. Use
--with-guards to also include all inclusion and exclusion rules.
This page is part of the quilt (tool to manage series of patches)
project. Information about the project can be found at
⟨http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/quilt⟩. If you have a bug
report for this manual page, see
⟨http://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/?group=quilt⟩. This page was
obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
⟨git://git.savannah.nongnu.org/quilt.git⟩ on 2021-04-01. (At
that time, the date of the most recent commit that was found in
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