rcsclean - clean up working files
rcsclean [options] [ file ... ]
rcsclean removes files that are not being worked on.
rcsclean -u also unlocks and removes files that are being
worked on but have not changed.
For each file given, rcsclean compares the working file
and a revision in the corresponding RCS file. If it finds
a difference, it does nothing. Otherwise, it first
unlocks the revision if the -u option is given, and then
removes the working file unless the working file is
writable and the revision is locked. It logs its actions
by outputting the corresponding rcs -u and rm -f commands
on the standard output.
Files are paired as explained in ci(1). If no file is
given, all working files in the current directory are
cleaned. Pathnames matching an RCS suffix denote RCS
files; all others denote working files.
The number of the revision to which the working file is
compared may be attached to any of the options -n, -q, -r,
or -u. If no revision number is specified, then if the -u
option is given and the caller has one revision locked,
rcsclean uses that revision; otherwise rcsclean uses the
latest revision on the default branch, normally the root.
rcsclean is useful for clean targets in makefiles. See
also rcsdiff(1), which prints out the differences, and
ci(1), which normally reverts to the previous revision if
a file was not changed.
Use subst style keyword substitution when retrieving
the revision for comparison. See co(1) for
Do not actually remove any files or unlock any
revisions. Using this option will tell you what
rcsclean would do without actually doing it.
Do not log the actions taken on standard output.
This option has no effect other than specifying the
revision for comparison.
-T Preserve the modification time on the RCS file even
if the RCS file changes because a lock is removed.
This option can suppress extensive recompilation
caused by a make(1) dependency of some other copy
of the working file on the RCS file. Use this
option with care; it can suppress recompilation
even when it is needed, i.e. when the lock removal
would mean a change to keyword strings in the other
Unlock the revision if it is locked and no difference
-V Print RCS's version number.
-Vn Emulate RCS version n. See co(1) for details.
Use suffixes to characterize RCS files. See ci(1)
-zzone Use zone as the time zone for keyword substitution;
see co(1) for details.
rcsclean *.c *.h
removes all working files ending in .c or .h that were not
changed since their checkout.
removes all working files in the current directory that
were not changed since their checkout.
rcsclean accesses files much as ci(1) does.
options prepended to the argument list, separated
by spaces. A backslash escapes spaces within an
option. The RCSINIT options are prepended to the
argument lists of most RCS commands. Useful
RCSINIT options include -q, -V, -x, and -z.
The exit status is zero if and only if all operations were
successful. Missing working files and RCS files are
Author: Walter F. Tichy.
Manual Page Revision: 1.1; Release Date: 1996/08/12.
Copyright (C) 1982, 1988, 1989 Walter F. Tichy.
Copyright (C) 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Paul Eggert.
ci(1), co(1), ident(1), rcs(1), rcsdiff(1), rcsintro(1),
rcsmerge(1), rlog(1), rcsfile(5)
Walter F. Tichy, RCS--A System for Version Control,
Software--Practice & Experience 15, 7 (July 1985),
At least one file must be given in older Unix versions
that do not provide the needed directory scanning operations.
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