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OLD-VC(1)                   General Commands Manual                  OLD-VC(1)

       old-vc - version control

       /usr/old/vc [ -a ] [ -s ] [ -t ] [ -cc ] [ keyword=value]...

       The  vc  command  copies  lines from the standard input to the standard
       output under control  of  its  arguments  and  the  control  statements
       encountered  in  the  standard input.  In the process of performing the
       copy operation, a reference to a user-declared keyword is  replaced  by
       its character-string value, when appearing in a plain text line or con-
       trol statement.

       Copying lines from the standard input to the standard output is  condi-
       tional, based on tests (in control statements) of keyword values speci-
       fied either in control statements, or as vc command-line arguments.

       -a     Force replacement of keyword references in all text  lines,  and
              not just in vc statements.

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

       -t     If a TAB character appears on a line, all  characters  from  the
              beginning  of  a  line,  up  to and including the first TAB, are
              ignored for the purpose of detecting a  control  statement.   If
              the  TAB  precedes a control statement, the leading text is dis-

       -cc    Specify an alternate control character to use instead of `:'.

       vc distinguishes between text input lines and version control statement
       lines.   A  version  control  statement (control statement) is a single
       line beginning with a control character.  The default control character
       is colon (:), except as modified by the -cc option.  Input lines begin-
       ning with a backslash (\), and followed by a control character, are not
       control  lines  and  are copied to the standard output as text with the
       backslash removed.  Lines beginning with a backslash, but not  followed
       by a control character, are copied in their entirety.

   Keyword Replacement
       A  keyword  is composed of 9 or less alphanumeric characters; the first
       must be alphabetic.  A value is any printable ASCII character or  char-
       acter  string.   An  unsigned  string of digits is treated as a numeric
       value in control operations.  Keyword values may not contain any  SPACE
       or TAB characters.

       Keyword replacement is performed whenever a keyword, surrounded by con-
       trol characters, is encountered on a version control statement.  The -a
       option  forces  replacement of keywords in all lines of text.  An unin-
       terpreted control character may be included in a value by preceding  it
       with `\'.  If a literal `\' is desired, then it too must be preceded by
       a `\'.

   Version Control Statements
       : dcl keyword[,keyword]

              Declare a keyword.  All keywords must be declared.

       : asg keyword=value

              Assign a value to  a keyword.  An asg  statement  overrides  any
              previous  assignment  for  the  corresponding keyword, including
              those on the  vc  command  line.   Keywords  declared,  but  not
              assigned values, have null values.

       :if [not] condition
       :end   Skip  lines of the standard input.  When condition is TRUE , all
              lines between the if statement and the  matching  end  statement
              are  copied  to the standard output.  Otherwise, the intervening
              lines are discarded and ignored, including  intervening  control
              statements.   Intervening if and end control statements are rec-
              ognized solely for the purpose of maintaining the proper  if-end
              matching.  The  not argument inverts the sense of the condition.
              When it is used, intervening lines are included  in  the  output
              only when the conditions is false.

              condition  is  a  logical expression composed of comparisons and
              logical operators.  A comparison consists  of  two  text  values
              (may  be keyword references) separated by a comparison operator.
              Each value must be separated from all operators by at least  one
              SPACE  .   Numeric  strings are treated as unsigned integers for
              certain comparisons.  The comparison operators are:

                     =      equal (string)
                     !=     not equal (string)
                     >>      greater than (numeric)
                     <&lt;      less than (numeric)

              For instance, the line:

                     :if xxx != yyy

              tests to see whether the string `xxx' is  not  equal  to  `yyy',
              which  is  true;  subsequent  intervening  lines  are  therefore

              The logical sense of comparisons can be combined using the logi-
              cal operators (in order of precedence):

                     ( )    logical grouping

                     &&amp;      and
                     |      or

              For instance, the line

                     :if xxx = yyy | xxx != yyy

              is true because either comparison will make it true, while

                     :if xxx = yyy &&amp; xxx != yyy

              is false, because in this case, both comparisons must be true.

       ::text Force  keyword replacement on lines that are copied to the stan-
              dard output, independent from the -a option.   The  two  leading
              control  characters are removed, and keywords surrounded by con-
              trol characters in text are replaced by their value  before  the
              line is copied to the output file.

       :off   Turn on or off keyword replacement on all lines.

       :ctl c Change the control character to c.

       :msg message
              Print message on the diagnostic output.

       :err message
              Print 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.


       Use sccs-help(1) for explanations.

                               16 November 1987                      OLD-VC(1)