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 details.
Do not actually remove any files or unlock any revisions. Using
this option will tell you what rcsclean would do without actually
Do not log the actions taken on standard output.
This option has no effect other than specifying the revision for
-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 working file.
Unlock the revision if it is locked and no difference is found.
-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) for details.
Use zone as the time zone for keyword substitution; see co(1) for
rcsclean *.c *.h
removes all working files ending in .c or .h that were not changed since
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 silently ignored.
Author: Walter F. Tichy.
Revision Number: 5.7; Release Date: 1998/01/12.
Copyright c 1982, 1988, 1989 by Walter F. Tichy.
Copyright c 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 by Paul Eggert.
ci(1), co(1), ident(1), rcs(1), rcsdiff(1), rcsintro(1), rcsmerge(1),
rlog(1), rcsfile(4), RCSsource(5)
Walter F. Tichy, RCS--A System for Version Control, Software--Practice &
Experience 15, 7 (July 1985), 637-654.
At least one file must be given in older Unix versions that do not
provide the needed directory scanning operations.
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