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10.11.2 Inhibiting Keyboard Input

There are two ways you can prevent patch from asking you any questions. The -f or --force option assumes that you know what you are doing. It causes patch to do the following:

The -t or --batch option is similar to -f, in that it suppresses questions, but it makes somewhat different assumptions:

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