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NAME

       aegis -Change_Attributes - modify the attributes of a change

SYNOPSIS

       aegis -Change_Attributes -File attr-file [ option...  ]
       aegis -Change_Attributes -Edit [ option...  ]
       aegis -Change_Attributes -Fix_ARchitecture
       aegis -Change_Attributes name=value
       aegis -Change_Attributes -List [ option...  ]
       aegis -Change_Attributes -Help
       aegis -Change_Attributes -UUID string [ option... ]

DESCRIPTION

       The aegis -Change_Attributes command is used to set, edit or list the
       attributes of a change.

       The output of the -List variant is suitable for use as input at a later
       time.

       See aecattr(5) for a description of the file format.

       The name=value form of the command may be used when you wish to add or
       modify change set attributes.  If an attribute is already present, it
       will be modified; if there is more than one attribute with the same
       name, only the first will be modified.  The name+=value form will
       always append the pair.

   Example
       When you edit the file, you will see something like this:
              brief_description = "login(1) is too fussy";
              description = "When users type their password "
                  "incorrectly, after three times the login(1) "
                  "program should assume they have forgotten "
                  "their password and automatically reset it "
                  "for them.";
              cause = external_enhancement;
              attribute =
              [
                  {
                      name = "bugzilla";
                      value = "666";
                  },
                  {
                      name = "customer-priority";
                      value = "high";
                  },
                  {
                      name = "marketing-priority";
                      value = "urgent-panic-headless-chicken";
                  },
                  {
                      name = "engineering-priority";
                      value = "after-heat-death-of-universe";
                  }
              ];
       Note the semicolons, you need to get them right.  Edit the fields you
       want to change.  When you quit the editor, they will be updated.

   Known Attribute Names
       While many of the anticipated used of change attributes are to allow
       projects to attach their own specialized data to change sets, Aegis
       also uses some attributes for its own purposes (and arguably, should
       always have done so to maximize forwards compatibility across Aegis
       upgrades).

       aeget:inventory:hide
               boolean.  If true, this change set does not appear in
               aeget(1)’s change set inventory pages, used by aedist -replay
               to decide what to download and apply.  Think of it as a "local
               only" flag.

       foreign-copyright
               boolean.  If true, none of the files in this change set will
               not be checked by the aede-policy(1) copyright validation.

       original-uuid
               This is set by aedist -receive when an incoming change set is
               changed before it can end development.  There may be more than
               one.  The aeget(1) inventory "all" page will show these
               additional UUIDs, used by the aedist -pending command..

   Universal Unique Identifier
       Each change set is assigned a unique universal identifier (UUID) at
       integrate pass time.  This serves to identify the change across all
       sites when a geographically distributed development model is being
       used.  This may be exploited to rapidly determine which change sets
       need to be downloaded.

       The -Universal_Unique_IDentifier option is used by the aedist(1) and
       aepatch(1) commands to set the UUID of a change set.  It should not be
       used by developers.

   Using Change Attributes in Scripts
       There are several ways you can use the attributes of an Aegis change in
       a shell script:

       aereport(1)
               The report generator is able to access change attributes.  You
               can then have the report generator print the necessary data.

       aesub(1)
               Many change attributes can be accessed via the aesub(5) command
               substitutions, and printed using the aesub(1) command.

       aeca -l The list option of the aeca(1) command may be used to print the
               values of all editable change attributes.  It can be groped
               using grep(1) or awk(1), or similar.

       aexml(1)
               It is possible to get a great deal of information in XML
               format, including change attributes.  This format can be parsed
               by a variety of packages.

       Use the method best suited to your particular needs.

OPTIONS

       The following options are understood:

       -Change number
               This option may be used to specify a particular change within a
               project.  See aegis(1) for a complete description of this
               option.

       -Description_Only
               This option may be used to specify that only the change
               description is the subject of this command.  It will be
               presented as plain text, without any of the quotes or escapes
               present when this command is not used.

       -Edit
               Edit the attributes with a text editor, this is usually more
               convenient than supplying a text file.  The VISUAL and then
               EDITOR environment variables are consulted for the name of the
               editor to use; defaults to vi(1) if neither is set.  See the
               visual_command and editor_command fields in aeuconf(1) for how
               to override this specifically for Aegis.

               Warning: Aegis tries to be well behaved when faced with errors,
               so the temporary file is left in your home directory where you
               can edit it further and re-use it with a -file option.

               The -edit option may not be used in the background, or when the
               standard input is not a terminal.

       -Edit_BackGround
               Edit the attributes with a dumb text editor, this is most often
               desired when edit commands are being piped into the editor via
               the standard input.  Only the EDITOR environment variable is
               consulted for the name of the editor to use; it is a fatal
               error if it is not set.  See the editor_command field in
               aeuconf(1) for how to override this specifically for Aegis.

       -File filename
               Take the attributes from the specified file.  The filename ‘-’
               is understood to mean the standard input.

       -Fix_ARchitecture
               This option may be used to replace change change’s architecture
               list with all of the mandatory architectures from the project
               configuration file, plus any of the optional architectures that
               match the current machine.  May not be used with -file or -edit
               options.

       -Help
               This option may be used to obtain more information about how to
               use the aegis program.

       -List
               This option may be used to obtain a list of suitable subjects
               for this command.  The list may be more general than expected.

       -Project name
               This option may be used to select the project of interest.
               When no -Project option is specified, the AEGIS_PROJECT
               environment variable is consulted.  If that does not exist, the
               user’s $HOME/.aegisrc file is examined for a default project
               field (see aeuconf(5) for more information).  If that does not
               exist, when the user is only working on changes within a single
               project, the project name defaults to that project.  Otherwise,
               it is an error.

       -TERse
               This option may be used to cause listings to produce the bare
               minimum of information.  It is usually useful for shell
               scripts.

       -Verbose
               This option may be used to cause aegis to produce more output.
               By default aegis only produces output on errors.  When used
               with the -List option this option causes column headings to be
               added.

       -Universal_Unique_IDentifier string
               This option may be used to set the UUID of change change.

       -Wait   This option may be used to require Aegis commands to wait for
               access locks, if they cannot be obtained immediately.  Defaults
               to the user’s lock_wait_preference if not specified, see
               aeuconf(5) for more information.

       -No_Wait
               This option may be used to require Aegis commands to emit a
               fatal error if access locks cannot be obtained immediately.
               Defaults to the user’s lock_wait_preference if not specified,
               see aeuconf(5) for more information.

       See also aegis(1) for options common to all aegis commands.

       All options may be abbreviated; the abbreviation is documented as the
       upper case letters, all lower case letters and underscores (_) are
       optional.  You must use consecutive sequences of optional letters.

       All options are case insensitive, you may type them in upper case or
       lower case or a combination of both, case is not important.

       For example: the arguments "-project, "-PROJ" and "-p" are all
       interpreted to mean the -Project option.  The argument "-prj" will not
       be understood, because consecutive optional characters were not
       supplied.

       Options and other command line arguments may be mixed arbitrarily on
       the command line, after the function selectors.

       The GNU long option names are understood.  Since all option names for
       aegis are long, this means ignoring the extra leading ’-’.  The
       "--option=value" convention is also understood.

RECOMMENDED ALIAS

       The recommended alias for this command is
       csh%    alias aeca ’aegis -ca \!* -v’
       sh$     aeca(){aegis -ca "$@" -v}

ERRORS

       It is an error if the current user is not an administrator of the
       specified project.

EXIT STATUS

       The aegis command will exit with a status of 1 on any error.  The aegis
       command will only exit with a status of 0 if there are no errors.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

       See aegis(1) for a list of environment variables which may affect this
       command.  See aepconf(5) for the project configuration file’s project_
       specific field for how to set environment variables for all commands
       executed by Aegis.

SEE ALSO

       tkaeca(1)
               GUI interface to the aeca(1) command.

       aecattr(5)
               change attributes file format

       aecstate(5)
               change state file format

       aepa(5) modify the attributes of a project

       aesub(5)
               available command substitutions

       aeuconf(5)
               user configuration file format

COPYRIGHT

       aegis version 4.24.2.D001
       Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
       2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Peter Miller

       The aegis program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use
       the ’aegis -VERSion License’ command.  This is free software and you
       are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; for details
       use the ’aegis -VERSion License’ command.

AUTHOR

       Peter Miller   E-Mail:   millerp@canb.auug.org.au
       /\/\*             WWW:   http://www.canb.auug.org.au/~millerp/