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Re: exclusive checkout

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: exclusive checkout
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 14:31:37 -0500

address@hidden wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Is there a way of enforcing exclusive checkout in CVS?
cvs admin -l CONTROLEDFILE

will lock the file but, you will have to 'enforce' it with people
skills, and likely hate your self later for even considering working
this way.

read the following message if you want more insight as to why, and if
you are not afraid of patching your tools, there patches for you.

> I know about the advantages of CVS's unreserved checkout model, which is 
> great 
> for coders, but our graphics artists will be getting problems with it.
They develop pictures and thus like code developers should know and
understand the limitations of any tool they use.

how multiple _developers_ can work work together, and sometimes the
tools they use will _help_ them.

The tools can only help if the developers follow company/task policy. In
the case of cvs, the help is that cvs can watch a file and let you know
if it is being edited by someone else. The policy will have to include
no use of chmod on the files being watched.
cvs watch add -a all CONTROLEDFILE

> cheers,
> Uwe

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) 
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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