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How to update something using a patch (Wordpress, pmwiki etc.) (See related posts)

After unzipping, taring or whatever archive you used copy thepatch over the old files, replacing them.

Copy the files in your newly extracted directory (pmwik-new/wordpress-patch) over the files of your existing software installation. For example, if your existing PmWiki/Wordpress installation is in a directory called pmwiki/wordpress, then one way to copy the new files over the existing ones is to enter the command:
cp -a pmwiki-new/. pmwiki

Note that BSD systems will not have the -a option as a command-line argument for cp, but that's okay, since it's just shorthand for cp -dpR, so use that instead of -a.

On (some) FreeBSD servers and Mac OS X systems you need to use
cp -Rpv pmwiki-new/. pmwiki 

This works well on TxD shared hosting.

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