rcsclean - clean up working files
rcsclean [options] [file...]
style keyword substitution
when retrieving the revision for comparison. See
Do not actually remove any files or unlock any revisions.
Using this option will tell you what
without actually doing it.
Do not log the actions taken on standard output.
This option has no effect other than specifying the revision
Unlock the revision if it is locked and no difference is found.
Emulate RCS version
to characterize RCS
rcsclean removes working files that were checked out and never modified. 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.
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. Names are paired as explained in ci(1).
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.
is useful for
in Makefiles. See also
rcsdiff(1), which prints out the differences,
ci(1), which normally asks whether to check in a file if it was
At least one
must be given in older
Unix versions that do not provide the needed directory scanning operations.
rcsclean *.c *.h
removes all working files ending in .c or .h that were not changed since their checkout. rcsclean
removes all working files in the current directory
that were not changed since their checkout.
options prepended to the argument list, separated by spaces.
A backslash escapes spaces within an option. The
options are prepended to the argument lists of most RCS
The exit status is zero if and only if all operations were successful.
Missing working files and RCS files are silently ignored.
accesses files much as
Author: Walter F. Tichy. Revision Number: 22.214.171.124; Release Date: 1993/10/07. Copyright © 1982, 1988, 1989 by Walter F. Tichy. Copyright © 1990, 1991 by 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), 637-654.