Functionally RCS and SCCS (up to revision ) are similar, with SCCS now having RCS uses fewer intermediate files while applying a delta to a history file . Reviewer: John R. Levine. SCCS and RCS are two classic sets of Unix tools. They both do the same thing, namely, track changes to text files by keeping. A version control file contains the original file (called a g-file in SCCS) together with all the changes, or deltas, that have been applied to it. Each delta is.

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Since the command line doesn’t explicitly say that you want to modify xform. Run rcs just by naming the file you want to discard, preceded by the option -u for “unlock”:. The co 1 command is designed to be the mirror-image of ci 1. For example, if xform. Make sure you only lock the files xpplying are actively working on, and that you check those in as soon as possible!

Compare the output from this command to that from the last co we looked at. If the value of the option starts with a hyphen, it’s taken to be the literal text of the description; otherwise, it’s taken to be the name of a file containing the description.

It’s well worth spending ap;lying seconds to document what you have done now, rather than spending hours later trying to work out when you made adn fateful change Suppose, for instance, that in your current directory you had a source file xform. To check out xform. Even if he can’t, waiting is better than circumventing RCS.

Note that RCS will take a command line of intermixed working filenames and RCS filenames and match them up using the rules we outlined earlier in this chapter.

The sccshelp delta command returns a syntax diagram for the delta command.

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If, for instance, you want to compare the current contents of the working file against the original revision you checked out of the RCS file, just give the command with no options, as in. And only work on what you can manage. Now that you have the lock, you have the exclusive right to change this revision revision 1.


Each option begins with a hyphen, which is what distinguishes it from a filename. It’s far better to create some kind of “tree mapper” to manage the filenames for you. The first description, which is what ci prompts for by default, is for the file itself–this message is meant to describe the role of the file in your project. After the hyphen comes a single letter that identifies the option; then for some options comes a string that serves as a value for the option.

Sometimes, you may prefer to give revision commentary directly on the ci command line. So, once again, in the simplest case you specify nothing but a filename when you run the command. When RCS creates an archive file, the name of the archive file is the source file name with ,v appended to it.

This is, of course, the same command you used to create the RCS file in the first place; ordinarily, to check in a working file, you give the same simple command line as you did then. Performs a delta operation followed by an edit operation on the same file.

Also, if your test builds are taking too long, you may want to build into local disk space instead of the shared file system. A simple example of creating a working file is.

If RCS is aplpying interest to you, make sure your system provides it. To compare two different revisions already checked in to the RCS file, just give two -r options, as in.

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If you invoke rcsclean with no arguments, it will process all of the working files in the current directory. So once again, the central part of the figure shows the modification cycle.

Both systems provide a simple way to store and retrieve all changes made to a file. Like most programs with a UNIX heritage, all RCS commands expect a command line that consists of a command name followed by one or more file names.

Makes delta prompt for Modification Request MR numbers as the reason for creating a delta. Before describing the basic RCS commands, let’s define some terms and take a look at command-line conventions, especially how you specify files to the system. This command produces a diff listing with revision 1.

Make sure to only keep files checked out for as long as you’re using them. Sets the strict file locking mode. If the g-file is present in your working directory, sccs unedit removes it and performs a get command on the s-file; if no g-file is present, no get command is executed. The -u option will check out your working file unlocked, suitable for read-only use.


As usual, you simply give on the qnd line the name of the file you want to examine. The user name can be a group ID; all users in that group are added. Compares two versions of the s-file. When you run ciyou’ll be prompted for a description of your changes to the working file, in the same way as ci originally asked you to describe the file itself. As the warning “NOTE: Adds the spplying of file to the s-file, flagging it as added text.

Specifies a directory to use as the SCCS library’s parent. RCS file name, working file name, head the number of the latest revision on the trunkdefault branch, access list, locks, symbolic names, number of revisions and descriptive text. If, for example, you requested the lock for revision 1. I wouldn’t be yelling if I didn’t think it was important. You can always avoid using it by doing regular check-outs and renaming the working files afterward. Note that these files will not be locked, so others will be able to check them out; if you want to work on your specific file, you will have to check it out and lock it while you’re working on it, as so:.

If you take this approach, though, you won’t want to be typing horrendously long command lines all the time. The interaction looks like this:. By default, ci deletes your working file when the check-in is complete. aoplying

Prints the log messages and other information in an RCS file, for example: All of the terms that we introduced in prior chapters snd talk about source control in fact come from RCS.