[TriLUG] Keeping track of system changes

Aaron S. Joyner aaron at joyner.ws
Fri Sep 10 12:29:20 EDT 2004

Rick DeNatale wrote:

>>Personally, I prefer and use RCS.  It's super light-weight, really
>>straight forward, and I have a nice bash wrapper script around vim which
>>takes the tedium out of check in and check out.  Basically, the script
>>does everything for you.  It's a little rough around the edges (it
>>doesn't handle filenames with spaces in them very elegantly, at the
>>moment) but other than that it's perfectly serviceable.  If anyone is
>>interested in it I'll clean it up and post it.  
>I'd certainly be interested.
Well due to popular demand *grin*, here it is.  You can download my RCS 
bash wrapper script around vim, entitled cvim, here:

It was originally written only for my personal use, and then 
departmental use.  It's seen at least a good year of usage now, by 
myself and others, so hopefully it's pretty bug-free.  It's really ugly 
code, and it's very verbose.  No picking on what I wrote in an afternoon 
on a sudden whim.  :)  Credit for the original ideas goes to Tom 
Limoncelli, where such a wrapper script is a side-note in "The Practice 
of System and Network Administration".  As a reminder, if you like my 
script, you should come hear him speak this Monday at the North Carolina 
System Administrator group's meeting.  :)

Aaron S. Joyner

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