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       vl - list version information


       vl  [ version binding options ] [ options ] [ names .. ]
       vlog[ version binding options ] [ options ] [ names .. ]

       Options: [ -?1aAcCdFghlLOqQrRStuvx ] [ -help ] [ -all ]
                [ -attr attribute ] [ -cache ] [ -expand (or -xpon) ]
                [ -fast ] [ -format format string ] [ -intent ] [ -locked ]
                [ -locker ] [ -log ] [ -noexpand (or -xpoff) ]
                [ -p all|attribute name ] [ -version ]


       vl  prints  various information about an AtFS object repository.  While
       its main operation is to list the contents of an object repository in a
       manner  similar  to  ls(1),  vl  knows  about many options that extract
       additional information about individual versions or version histories.

       If vl is invoked without any  name  arguments,  it  simply  prints  the
       contents  of the object repository, including files (busy versions) and
       directories in the current directory. Version  objects  in  the  object
       repository  are  represented  as  filenames  with  a  bracketed version
       identification extension.  Generally, vl tries to give the illusion, as
       were  all  the  versions  in the object repository regular files in the
       current directory. While busy versions - which are regular files -  may
       be manipulated by all commands and tools that operate on files, version
       objects can only be manipulated  by  special  tools  (ShapeTools)  that
       operate  on the object repository. The tools that operate on the object
       repository, however, can also access regular files  because  these  are
       also part of the object repository.

       With  the  -h  option  given,  vl  prints  out one information item per
       history rather than per version. Default output in this case is a  list
       of  history and directory names with the range(s) of available versions
       following in brackets.

       If filenames are given as arguments to  vl,  similarly  to  ls(1)  only
       information about these object histories will be printed.  Object names
       may also be given in bound  version  notation,  i.e.  a  notation  that
       identifies  a particular version of an object (e.g.  mkattr.c[2.4]). It
       is also possible to use a previously assigned symbolic name rather than
       a  numerical  version  identification (e.g. mkattr.c[tools-V4R3]). Make
       sure to escape the bracket symbols as these usually have meaning to the
       shell.  For  further version binding possibilities (the version binding
       options) see the vbind(1) manual page.

       The program vlog prints the  log-entry  for  specified  objects.   Log-
       entries  usually  describe  the  reason  for a particular change to the
       design object that led to the creation of the specified revision(s).


       All options also available in the ls(1)  programs  are  marked  on  the
       following list.

       -?, -help
               Print short information about usage of this command.

       -1 (ls)
               Force single column output.

       -a (ls)
               List  all  entries, even those with a name beginning with a '.'
               and the 'AtFS' entry. This option is default when vl is  called
               by the super user.

       -all    List all available information.

       -attr attribute
               Print  only  information  about objects that have the specified
               attribute with the given values. The attribute value  match  is
               done  without  attribute  expansion,  even  if  -expand is set.
               attribute may also be a standard attribute. For a complete list
               of standard attributes names see the vadm(1) manual page.

       -A (ls)
               Same as -a, but '.', '..', and 'AtFS' are not listed.

       -c (ls)
               Sort  the  list  of  printed entries by the time of last status

       -cache  List entries from the derived object cache too.

       -C (ls)
               Force multi column output. This is default when  printing  just
               the  entry  names (no -l and no -p option) and output goes to a

       -d (ls)
               With a directory name given as  argument,  list  the  directory
               itself rather than its contents.

       -expand, -xpon
               Expand  attribute  values before printing. Attribute values may
               contain citations of other attributes, or they may start with a
               special  character  ('^', '!' or '*') indicating that they need
               some kind of processing to determine the real  attribute  value
               (see  vattr(1) for details). With the -expand option given, all
               citations will be evaluated and the attribute will be evaluated
               if necessary.

       -fast   Fast  operation.  Suppresses  reader/writer  synchronisation on
               AtFS archive files  and  ignores  non-standard  attributes.  In
               combination  with  -h (histories), a short output is generated,
               that lists only the  names  of  all  histories  and  not  their
               version ranges.

       -format format string
               Specify  custom-format  for  information printed about objects.
               This is a simple report generation facility for the  shapeTools
               toolkit.   The  format  string can be any string, but typically
               contains  attribute  citations  (see  retrv).   As   shapeTools
               attribute   citations   use  a  syntax  that  contains  dollar-
               characters, it is  advisable,  to  specify  format  strings  in
               single-quotes  to  prevent  shell from trying to apply variable

               Format strings can contain simple layout  specifications  (`
               for  newline  characters,  and  `	' for tabs. `\' is a single

               The format of  the  output  of  vl  -l  could  for  example  be
               specified as follows:
                         vl -format ´$__mode$ $__state$$__author$ \
                               $__size$ $__mtime$ $__self$

               While  the example only illustrates use of standard attributes,
               it is in fact possible to use any object attribute (i.e.  user-
               defined attributes) in the format specification.

       -F (ls)
               Append a symbolic file type character to each name. Directories
               are marked with a `/', sockets with a `=', symbolic links  with
               a  `@',  executable  files with `*', and derived objects with a
               `$'. If the file is locked a `^' is additionally appended.

       -g (ls)
               Print the group of the entry owner (...) .

       -h      Print histories instead of versions. All versions with the same
               name  are  folded  together  to one printed entry.  All version
               binding options (see vbind(1))  are  ignored,  when  displaying

               Print message of intention for change. An intention message can
               be set while retrieving  a  version  using  retrv  with  option

       -l (ls)
               List  in  long format, giving mode, version state, author, size
               in bytes, the save date, and version identification.  For  busy
               versions   the  date  field  will  contain  the  time  of  last
               modification rather than the save date. The status of a version
               is  printed  as: b for busy, s for saved, p for proposed, P for
               published, a for accessed, f for frozen, and $ for derived.

       -lll    Same as -l -locked -locker.

               Print only locked versions.

               Print the locker instead of the author and  last  locking  date
               instead of last modification or save date.

       -log    Print the log entry for each version.

       -L (ls)
               Follow symbolic links. If a given name is a symbolic link, list
               the object referenced by the link rather than the link itself.

       -noexpand, -xpoff
               Do not expand attribute values. This  is  the  default,  except
               when  the  -format option is set. Check -expand or vattr(1) for
               more information on attribute expansion.

       -O      Print the version owner instead of the author.

       -p "all" | attribute name
               Print the value of the given attribute. With the  string  'all'
               given  as  argument  to  the  -p option, print all non standard

       -q (ls)
               Replace all non graphic character by '?' before printing.  This
               is the default when output goes to a terminal.

       -Q      Quiet  Flag. Suppress any output to standard output. Only error
               messages will be printed to standard error.

       -r (ls)
               Reverse the order of the entries printed.

       -R (ls)
               Operate recursively visiting all subdirectories encountered.

       -S      Print version states verbosely.

       -t (ls)
               Sort the list of printed entries by the modification time.

       -u (ls)
               Sort the list of printed entries by time of last access.

       -U      Show user identifications as user@domain rather than  just  the
               user name.

       -v      Print versions. This is the default (counterpart to

               Print only the version identification of this program.

       -x (ls)
               Do  multi-column  output  with the entries sorted across rather
               than down the page.


       vattr(1), vbind(1)


       When using the version binding  options  -since  and  -before,  the  vl
       output  may  look  confusing. -since and -before define a time interval
       for save dates but vl displays the date of last modification, which may
       be older than the save date.

       '.' and '..' are always ignored when displaying versions.

       Several  Options  are  not  available  when  displaying  histories  (-h
       option). These are: -all, -attr, -c, -format, -intent,  -locked,  -log,
       -n, -p, -R, -t, and -u.

       The displayed group name (-g option) may be wrong for busy versions.

       -noexpand does not work together with -format.

       -q, and -F are not implemented.


       Original  version  by and Axel.Mahler@cs.tu-
       Totally reimplemented by

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