Subject: Re: what(1) [was: Re: CVS commit: basesrc]
To: None <>
From: Giles Lean <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/23/1999 07:40:37
On Wed, 22 Dec 1999 20:42:17 +0100 (MET)  Hubert Feyrer wrote:

> Given that we don't have the rest of the sccs suite, i wonder what sense
> this single program makes.

what(1) merely reports SCCS style @(#) identification strings.  It's
useful in the same way that it is useful for file(1) to be able to
report on many non-NetBSD executable formats.

Usage of RCS/CVS style ident strings isn't universal; some projects
(but probably not free ones!) use products like ClearCase and continue
to hack SCCS style version strings into distributed binaries.