If you have a registered version, use Normal mode. Otherwise, use
free single user mode
(open source mode is read-only, but has more features)
When installing, choose default "Central RCS Repository" option. This will enable the "Project"
features of the program. When setting up a new "Project," choose to use an "Alternate RCS Repository"
and put the RCS repository for this project inside an RCS subdirectory under the project's work directory. You
may also select "CS-RCS Repository on FTP Server" if that option suits you better.
If working locally (i.e., not on FTP), store RCS history files in an RCS subdirectory of your working directory
(i.e., create an RCS subdirectory everywhere you use RCS and use the "Alternate RCS Repository" option mentioned above)
When setting up repositories, use "Exclusive Locks" work mode.
I am the only one working on many of my projects, so I rarely ever lock anything. I'm happier leaving
things unlocked as it makes it easier to manage the repository if I move to a machine where I am
logged on with a different name.
Also install GNU RCS (see above)
CS-RCS will provide a nice GUI (Document Explorer) that works well in parallel with GNU RCS
On larger projects, consider using CVS (or Subversion) instead. I would use CVS all the time, but
vanilla RCS is simple to use and almost identical for most of what I do. Additionally, I can have
FTP repositories with RCS.
Some applications integrate easily with CS-RCS (e.g. Word, Excel, Textpad, Ultraedit)
Some applications integrate easily with GNU RCS (e.g. VIM, command line)
Does not hurt to use both