rcsclean - clean up working files


      rcsclean [options] [ file ... ]


      rcsclean removes files that are not being worked on.  rcsclean -u also
      unlocks and removes files that are being worked on but have not

      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

      Files are paired as explained in ci(1).  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

      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.

      rcsclean is useful for clean targets in makefiles.  See also
      rcsdiff(1), which prints out the differences, and ci(1), which
      normally reverts to the previous revision if a file was not changed.


           Use subst style keyword substitution when retrieving the revision
           for comparison.  See co(1) for details.

           Do not actually remove any files or unlock any revisions.  Using
           this option will tell you what rcsclean would do without actually
           doing it.

           Do not log the actions taken on standard output.

           This option has no effect other than specifying the revision for

      -T   Preserve the modification time on the RCS file even if the RCS
           file changes because a lock is removed.  This option can suppress
           extensive recompilation caused by a make(1) dependency of some
           other copy of the working file on the RCS file.  Use this option
           with care; it can suppress recompilation even when it is needed,
           i.e. when the lock removal would mean a change to keyword strings
           in the other working file.

           Unlock the revision if it is locked and no difference is found.

      -V   Print RCS's version number.

      -Vn  Emulate RCS version n.  See co(1) for details.

           Use suffixes to characterize RCS files.  See ci(1) for details.

           Use zone as the time zone for keyword substitution; see co(1) for


           rcsclean  *.c  *.h
      removes all working files ending in .c or .h that were not changed
      since their checkout.
      removes all working files in the current directory that were not
      changed since their checkout.


      rcsclean accesses files much as ci(1) does.


           options prepended to the argument list, separated by spaces.  A
           backslash escapes spaces within an option.  The RCSINIT options
           are prepended to the argument lists of most RCS commands.  Useful
           RCSINIT options include -q, -V, -x, and -z.


      The exit status is zero if and only if all operations were successful.
      Missing working files and RCS files are silently ignored.


      Author: Walter F. Tichy.
      Manual Page Revision: 1.3; Release Date: 1996/01/31.
      Copyright c 1982, 1988, 1989 Walter F. Tichy.
      Copyright c 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 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.


      At least one file must be given in older Unix versions that do not
      provide the needed directory scanning operations.