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Re: lock-modify-unlock model and cvs admin -l

From: Anjali Madhekar
Subject: Re: lock-modify-unlock model and cvs admin -l
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 14:51:42 -0800


"Greg A. Woods" wrote:

[ On Monday, March 25, 2002 at 10:30:55 (-0500), John Lippiello wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: lock-modify-unlock model and cvs admin -l
> [ On Friday, March 22, 2002 at 15:51:42 (-0500), Greg A. Woods wrote: ]
> >
> > Why would you consider using a tool that is explicitly designed to force
> > the copy-edit-merge model of development if you're not willing to
> > embrace that model?
> All I can say is, that's a very good question.

Good luck answering it then!  ;-)

In the mean time you might want to look harder at analysing whatever
fears you might have about the copy-edit-merge model, look at some of
the many studies showing how well it actually works in practice
(including the one in the original CVS-II paper in the distribution),
and maybe even take a look at one of the thousands of publicly available
CVS repositories for various freeware projects and see some actual
examples of this model working in practice (you'll probably want to pick
a project that has lots of developers, for example FreeBSD).

I agree that a deeper look into the copy-edit-merge model will help reduce the fear. We used a reserved lock model before switching to CVS and I understand why you would start looking at lock features of CVS ! But we are doing pretty well with the copy edit merge model. And yes, it did take some believe-in-what-so-many-are-doing and some actual playing with it to realise its benefits and overcome the resistance.


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