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Re: How to delete file in RCS

From: Martin Burnicki
Subject: Re: How to delete file in RCS
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2021 09:45:01 +0100
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Sam Lee wrote:

I have a software project that consists of multiple files. All files are
version-controlled by RCS. Now, I want to remove one file from the
project (because it has become useless after I refactored my code).
How do I delete the file, while preserving its history in RCS?

In my understanding this is not really a problem with rcs.

It should be sufficient to simply delete the working file (useless.c), and let the archive file (RCS/useless.c,v) in place.

However, you have to take care that the working file is not automatically checked out again from the archive file when you build your project.

Unfortunately you didn't mention *how* you build your project. If you use Gnu make, there are builtin Makefile rules to checkout a working file (useless.c) that is missing if the archive file (RCS/useless.c,v) still exists.

However, this should only happen if you have added the "useless" file to your project files, e.g. if you have an line like

  OBJS += useless.o

or similar in your Makefile. If you make sure that "useless" is not in the file list of your Makefile, there should be no reason why 'make' should checkout the working file once you have deleted it.

Best regards,

Martin Burnicki

Senior Software Engineer

MEINBERG Funkuhren GmbH & Co. KG
Phone: +49 5281 9309-414

Lange Wand 9, 31812 Bad Pyrmont, Germany
Amtsgericht Hannover 17HRA 100322
Geschäftsführer/Managing Directors: Günter Meinberg, Werner Meinberg, Andre Hartmann, Heiko Gerstung

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