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Using the RCS source code control system
RCS (for Revision Control System) is a group of commands you can
use to track revisions to a text file; see
`What does a source code control system do?'.
Here is the production cycle for RCS:
- Create an initial version of your file. If you want your
file to contain the current version number, see
`Adding ID keywords in an RCS file'.
- Create an RCS directory, if you haven't done so already.
Then check in your initial version using the
`Bringing a file under RCS control'.
- Retrieve a "locked" version of the file, writeable and
checked out to you. See
`Locking a file under RCS control'.
- Make the next round of changes in the file.
- Check in the new revision using the
- Check out a read-only version with
the latest version number.
- When you need to make more changes, go back to step 3.
You can also
get a history of changes to an RCS file.
If you are working with a large directory subtree, see
`Using RCS to control large file trees'.
Next: Bringing a file under RCS control
See also: What does a source code control system do?
Previous: Choosing a source code control system
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