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Re: Diff between update and checkout/commit

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Diff between update and checkout/commit
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 15:18:41 -0400
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On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 04:05:59PM +0100, Nigel Morse wrote:
> So why is it called checkout? It's more of a copyout or retrieve coz it
> doesn't actually checkout anything....

It's historical.  The expressions "check out" and "check in"
originated in systems with reserved checkouts, like RCS (by
analogy with library books -- you check it out, you work on it,
you check it back in).  The analogy kind of breaks down in CVS,
but the terms have stuck.


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