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world management and patches

    Date: Tue, 21 Jun 88 11:40 EDT
    From: barmar@Think.COM (Barry Margolin)

	Date: Mon, 20 Jun 88 15:42 PDT
	From: Jerry@marlowe.inference.dialnet.symbolics.com (Jerry Bakin)

	A useful addition to the patch commands in Zmacs would be a command to
	package patch sources and the new patch-dir into a mail message and
	another command to unpack this message and create the appropriate files
	in the patch directory.

    Symbolics is way ahead of you on this one:  Genera 7.2 ECO Tape
    #1includes support for receiving future ECOs (which are just patches) by
    electronic mail.  The new M-X Decode ECO Zmail command will read a
    message and write a file, and this file can then be read using "Restore
    Distribution :Use Disk <pathname>" (the Decode ECO command will offer to
    run this automatically).

But they don't give you any tool for 1creating0 ECOs, so you can't use it
to distribute patches to your own systems.