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VC(1)									 VC(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     vc	- version control

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     vc	[-a] [-t] [-cchar] [-s]	[keyword=value ... keyword=value]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The vc command copies lines from the standard input to the	standard
     output under control of its arguments and control statements encountered
     in	the standard input.  In	the process of performing the copy operation,
     user declared keywords may	be replaced by their string value when they
     appear in plain text and/or control statements.

     The copying of lines from the standard input to the standard output is
     conditional, based	on tests (in control statements) of keyword values
     specified in control statements or	as vc command arguments.

     A control statement is a single line beginning with a control character,
     except as modified	by the -t keyletter (see below).  The default control
     character is colon	(:), except as modified	by the -c keyletter (see
     below).  Input lines beginning with a backslash (\) followed by a control
     character are not control lines and are copied to the standard output
     with the backslash	removed.  Lines	beginning with a backslash followed by
     a non-control character are copied	in their entirety.

     A keyword is composed of 9	or less	alphanumerics; the first must be
     alphabetic.  A value is any ASCII string that can be created with ed(1);
     a numeric value is	an unsigned string of digits.  Keyword values may not
     contain blanks or tabs.

     Replacement of keywords by	values is done whenever	a keyword surrounded
     by	control	characters is encountered on a version control statement.  The
     -a	keyletter (see below) forces replacement of keywords in	all lines of
     text.  An uninterpreted control character may be included in a value by
     preceding it with \.  If a	literal	\ is desired, then it too must be
     preceded by \.

     Keyletter Arguments    [Toc]    [Back]

     -a		 Forces	replacement of keywords	surrounded by control
		 characters with their assigned	value in all text lines	and
		 not just in vc	statements.

     -t		 All characters	from the beginning of a	line up	to and
		 including the first tab character are ignored for the purpose
		 of detecting a	control	statement.  If one is found, all
		 characters up to and including	the tab	are discarded.

     -cchar	 Specifies a control character to be used in place of :.

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VC(1)									 VC(1)

     -s		 Silences warning messages (not	error) that are	normally
		 printed on the	diagnostic output.

     Version Control Statements    [Toc]    [Back]

     :dcl keyword[, ..., keyword]
	  Used to declare keywords.  All keywords must be declared.

     :asg keyword=value
	  Used to assign values	to keywords.  An asg statement overrides the
	  assignment for the corresponding keyword on the vc command line and
	  all previous asg's for that keyword.	Keywords declared, but not
	  assigned values have null values.
	  :if condition
	  Used to skip lines of	the standard input. If the condition is	true
	  all lines between the	if statement and the matching end statement
	  are copied to	the standard output.  If the condition is false, all
	  intervening lines are	discarded, including control statements.  Note
	  that intervening if statements and matching end statements are
	  recognized solely for	the purpose of maintaining the proper if-end
	  The syntax of	a condition is:

	   <cond>  ::= [ "not" ] <or>
	   <or>	   ::= <and> | <and> "|" <or>
	   <and>   ::= <exp> | <exp> "&" <and>
	   <exp>   ::= "(" <or>	")" | <value> <op> <value>
	   <op>	   ::= "=" | "!=" | "<"	| ">"
	   <value> ::= <arbitrary ASCII	string>	| <numeric string>

	  The available	operators and their meanings are:

	     =	    equal
	     !=	    not	equal
	     &	    and
	     |	    or
	     >	    greater than
	     <	    less than
	     ( )    used for logical groupings
	     not    may	only occur immediately after the if, and
		    when present, inverts the value of the
		    entire condition

	  The >	and < operate only on unsigned integer values (e.g., : 012 >
	  12 is	false).	 All other operators take strings as arguments (e.g.,
	  : 012	!= 12 is true).	 The precedence	of the operators (from highest
	  to lowest) is:
	     = != > <	   all of equal	precedence

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VC(1)									 VC(1)

	  Parentheses may be used to alter the order of	precedence.
	  Values must be separated from	operators or parentheses by at least
	  one blank or tab.

	  Used for keyword replacement on lines	that are copied	to the
	  standard output.  The	two leading control characters are removed,
	  and keywords surrounded by control characters	in text	are replaced
	  by their value before	the line is copied to the output file.	This
	  action is independent	of the -a keyletter.


	  Turn on or off keyword replacement on	all lines.

     :ctl char
	  Change the control character to char.

     :msg message
	  Prints the given message on the diagnostic output.

     :err message
	  Prints the given message followed by:
	       ERROR: err statement on line ...	(915)
	  on the diagnostic output.  vc	halts execution, and returns an	exit
	  code of 1.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     ed(1), help(1)

DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Use help(1) for explanations.

EXIT CODES    [Toc]    [Back]

     0 - normal
     1 - any error

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