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 comb(1)                                                             comb(1)

 NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
      comb - combine SCCS deltas

 SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]
      comb [-pSID] [-clist] [-o] [-s] file ...

 DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
      The comb command generates a shell procedure (see sh(1)) which, when
      run, reconstructs the given SCCS files.  The reconstructed files are
      usually smaller than the original files.  Arguments can be specified
      in any order, but all options apply to all named SCCS files.  If a
      directory is named, comb behaves as though each file in the directory
      were specified as a named file, except that non-SCCS files (last
      component of the path name does not begin with s.) and unreadable
      files are silently ignored.  If a name of - is given, the standard
      input is read; each line of the standard input is taken to be the name
      of an SCCS file to be processed; non-SCCS files and unreadable files
      are silently ignored.  The generated shell procedure is written on the
      standard output.

    Options    [Toc]    [Back]
      comb recognizes the following options.  Each is explained as if only
      one named file is to be processed, but the effects of any option apply
      independently to each named file.

           -pSID          The SCCS IDentification string (SID) of the oldest
                          delta to be preserved.  All older deltas are
                          discarded in the reconstructed file.

           -clist         A list of deltas to be preserved (see get(1) for
                          the syntax of a list).  All other deltas are

           -o             For each get -e generated, this option causes the
                          reconstructed file to be accessed at the release
                          of the delta to be created, otherwise the
                          reconstructed file would be accessed at the most
                          recent ancestor.  Use of the -o option can
                          decrease the size of the reconstructed SCCS file.
                          It can also alter the shape of the delta tree of
                          the original file.

           -s             This option causes comb to generate a shell
                          procedure which, when run, produces a report
                          giving, for each file: the file name, size (in
                          blocks) after combining, original size (also in
                          blocks), and percentage change computed by:

                               100 x (original - combined) / original

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 comb(1)                                                             comb(1)

                          It is recommended that this option be used before
                          any SCCS files are actually combined to determine
                          exactly how much space is saved by the combining

      If no options are specified, comb preserves only leaf deltas and the
      minimal number of ancestors needed to preserve the tree.

    International Code Set Support
      Single- and multi-byte character code sets are supported.

 DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]
      Use sccshelp(1) for explanations.

 EXAMPLES    [Toc]    [Back]
      The command:

           comb -c1.1,1.3,1.6 s.document > save_file

      creates a shell script named save_file, which if executed, creates a
      new s.document using only the deltas 1.1, 1.3,and 1.6 from the old
      s.document.  The script overwrites the old s.document; thus, it might
      be wise to copy the original elsewhere.  Here is an example of typical

           cp s.document s.save
           comb -c1.1,1.3,1.6 s.document > save_file
           sh save_file

 WARNINGS    [Toc]    [Back]
      comb may rearrange the shape of the tree of deltas.  Combining files
      may or may not save space; in fact, it is possible for the
      reconstructed file to actually be larger than the original.

 FILES    [Toc]    [Back]
      s.COMB?????              Temporary file

      comb?????                Temporary file

 SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]
      admin(1), delta(1), get(1), sccshelp(1), prs(1), sh(1), sccsfile(4).

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