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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

       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 change.

       -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 terminal.

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

       -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 substitution.

               Format  strings  can  contain  simple  layout  specifications  (`\n'  for  newline
               characters, and `\t' for tabs. `\\' is a single backslash.)

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

               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

       -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 histories.

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

       -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

       -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 attributes.

       -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.


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