Subject: Re: __RCSID() -- what is its value?
To: Greywolf <>
From: Chris Gilbert <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/02/2001 19:39:17
On Friday 02 March 2001  6:33 pm, Greywolf wrote:
> Click buzz whir.
> I seem to remember a discussion about RCSids and such a while ago,
> and I'm puzzled.  Isn't the idea of the RCSids to be stuffed into the
> executable somewhere?  It makes it somewhat hard to tell which versions
> of which files in a binary are being used.
> "Why would you want to do that?"
> Because I want to know if the binary I am running is out of date WRT the
> source, and there are no clues to this effect otherwise.
> So, why are the RCS id strings not showing up with a strings command?
> I see 'NetBSD' but nothing else (no "1.14 filename.c 01/02/59" or
> anything).  What gives?

Which file are you running it on (gnu ones don't have rcs id's)?  and why are 
you using strings?  it's ident you want :)