19.3. General RCS Specifications
This section discusses:
19.3.1. Keyword Substitution
RCS lets you place keyword variables in your working files. These variables are later expanded into revision notes. You can then use the notes either as embedded comments in the input file or as text strings that appear when the output is printed. To create revision notes via keyword substitution, follow this procedure:
Many commands have a -k option that provides considerable flexibility during keyword substitution.
19.3.3. Example Values
Let's assume that the file /projects/new/chapter3 has been checked in and out by a user named daniel. Here's what keyword substitution produces for each keyword, for the second revision of the file:
$Author: ellie $ $Date: 2002/11/08 17:52:39 $ $Header: /project/new/chapter3,v 1.2 92/03/18/ 17:51:36 daniel \ Exp Locker: daniel $ $Id: cahpter3,v 1.2 1992/03/18 17:51:36 daniel Exp Locker: daniel $ $Locker: ellie $ $Log: ch19_03.htm,v $ Revision 1.2 2002/11/08 17:52:39 ellie fixed entities Revision 1.1 2002/11/04 21:32:21 ellie Initial revision # Revision 1.2 92/03/18 17:51:36 daniel # Added section on error-handling # # Revision 1.1 92/03/18 16:49:59 daniel # Initial revision # $Name: $ $RCSfile: ch19_03.htm,v $ $Revision: 1.2 $ $Source: /work/online/cdtest/unix_3/unixnut/RCS/ch19_03.htm,v $ $State: Exp $
19.3.4. Revision Numbering
Unless told otherwise, RCS commands typically operate on the latest revision. Some commands have an -r option that specifies a revision number. In addition, many options accept a revision number as an optional argument. (In the command summary, this argument is shown as [R].) Revision numbers consist of up to four fields: release, level, branch, and sequence; but most revisions consist of only the release and level. For example, you can check out revision 1.4 as follows:
co -l -r1.4 ch01
When you check it in again, the new revision will be marked as 1.5. Now suppose the edited copy needs to be checked in as the next release. You would type:
ci -r2 ch01
This creates revision 2.1. You can also create a branch from an earlier revision. The following command creates revision 126.96.36.199:
ci -r1.4.1 ch01
Numbers that begin with a period are considered to be relative to the default branch of the RCS file. Normally, this is the “trunk” of the revision tree.
Numbers are not the only way to specify revisions, though. You can assign a text label as a revision name, using the -n option of ci or rcs. You can also specify this name in any option that accepts a revision number for an argument. For example, you could check in each of your C files, using the same label regardless of the current revision number:
ci -u -nPrototype *.c
In addition, you may specify a $, which means the revision number extracted from the keywords of a working file. For example:
rcsdiff -r$ ch01
compares ch01 to the revision that is checked in. You can also combine names and symbols. The command:
rcs -nDraft:$ ch*
assigns a name to the revision numbers associated with several chapter files.
19.3.5. Specifying the Date
Revisions are timestamped by time and date of check-in. Several keyword strings include the date in their values. Dates can be supplied in options to ci, co, and rlog. RCS uses the following date format as its default:
2000/01/10 02:00:00 Year/month/day time
The default time zone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is also referred to as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Dates can be supplied in free format. This lets you specify many different styles. Here are some of the more common ones, which show the same time as in the previous example:
6:00 pm lt Assuming today is Jan. 10, 2000 2:00 AM, Jan. 10, 2000 Mon Jan 10 18:00:00 2000 LT Mon Jan 10 18:00:00 PST 2000
The uppercase or lowercase “lt” indicates local time (here, Pacific Standard Time). The third line shows ctime format (plus the “LT”); the fourth line is the date command format.
19.3.6. Specifying States
In some situations, particularly programming environments, you want to know the status of a set of revisions. RCS files are marked by a text string that describes their state. The default state is Exp (experimental). Other common choices include Stab (stable) or Rel (released). These words are user-defined and have no special internal meaning. Several keyword strings include the state in their values. In addition, states can be supplied in options to ci, co, rcs, and rlog.
19.3.7. Standard Options and Environment Variables
RCS defines an environment variable, RCSINIT, which sets up default options for RCS commands. If you set RCSINIT to a space-separated list of options, they will be prepended to the command-line options you supply to any RCS command.
Six options are useful to include in RCSINIT: -q, -V, -Vn, -T, -x, and -z. They can be thought of as standard options because most RCS commands accept them.
For example, when depositing a working file into an RCS file, the command:
ci -x,v/ ch01 Second suffix is blank
searches in order for the RCS filenames:
RCS/ch01,v ch01,v RCS/ch01
RCS allows you to specify a location for temporary files. It checks the environment variables TMPDIR, TMP, and TEMP, in that order. If none of those exist, it uses a default location, such as /tmp.
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