help/version patches

Joshua Daniel Franklin
Mon Feb 25 08:42:00 GMT 2002

--- Robert Collins <> wrote:
> Some confusion here: I was meaning that having something like:
> const char *revision="$Revision: $ ";
> in the file allows you to then use:
> const char *version = revision[11];
> to obtain the correct version number.
> Rob

I'm not sure I understand. Hard-code the revision in a const char 
instead of directly in a printf? Is that just so it's near the top
of the file and easier to get to? Or is there a way to automate
(without a bunch of sed mess in the Makefile) version numbers?
It looks like the mingw headers have a lines like "* $Revision: 1.2 $ "
in the comments, but I assume that's for a script of some sort to use.

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