In an earlier post, I introduced “rcs” and indicated that I intended to provide a tutorial on how to use the package of commands. This post will be that tutorial. I shall explain how to use it for the kind of simple use an individual linux user might have. I shall illustrate that with a shell script.
Our simple shell script will be to display the string “Hello world” with a few later modifications. And we shall be using the “rcs” package of commands to keep track of the modifications.
The “rcs” package is a bunch of commands to be used at the terminal (or in an xterm window). I find them useful, and perhaps you will, too, particularly if you sometimes work at the command line. The rcs commands are used for tracking different versions of a text file or of a collection of files.
This will be an introduction, describing what they do. In a future post, I will go through the details of how to use these commands. And, following that, I may provide an additional post on how I use them to keep track of my own modifications to system configuration settings. Read More…