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Re: RCS Keyword Expansion format for dates [SOLVED]

From: Amit Uttamchandani
Subject: Re: RCS Keyword Expansion format for dates [SOLVED]
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:01:38 +0000 (UTC)
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Aaron S. Hawley <aaron.s.hawley <at>> writes:

> I presume you mean the $Id$ keyword, not $Revision$.
> I believe you could use the -z option to change the timezone and then
> hopefully the date format.  You can specify the -z option for all RCS
> operations by using the RCSINIT
> Coincidentally, the date format you want is what I see by default.
> # cat foo
> $Id: foo,v 1.1 2011/02/21 14:03:57 ahawley Exp $
> # export RCSINIT=-zLT
> # co foo
> foo,v  -->  foo
> revision 1.1
> done
> # cat foo
> $Id: foo,v 1.1 2011-02-21 09:03:57-05 ahawley Exp $

Thanks for the reply. After looking into this further it turns out that this is 
not an issue with RCS but with CVS. CVS has a configuration variable 
*DateFormat* that needs to be explicitly set to *old*, otherwise the dates will 
be formatted with a '-' instead of '/'. I thought CVS uses the RCS binaries but 
it has its own code to handle keyword expansion.

The reason I thought it was RCS related is because of the RCS keyword expansion.


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