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How to release CVS locks?

From: Peter Toft
Subject: How to release CVS locks?
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 15:08:01 +0200

Hi there

I have a project where I need to use cvs locking, i.e. 
"cvs watch FILENAME", so other users will check out files
from the CVSROOT and get the files read-only until the 
use "cvs edit FILENAME". I have a problem though which I
have not seen described in the howtos etc.

Assume the "cvs watch on" scenario above;
* User A and B checks module "bla" with the file "bla/a.txt"
* User A does "cd bla; cvs edit a.txt"
* Now User A is deleted from the system, he goes on vacation, or deletes "bla"
* Now User B has to work on "bla/a.txt" but gets the message from 
  "cd bla; cvs edit a.txt" that User A is locking the model.

What is the best (and correct) way to handle this locking situation
if User A cannot ask User B to do "cvs unedit a.txt" or "cvs commit a.txt"???

Thanx to the person to help me here!

Best regards

Peter Toft, Ph.D. address@hidden 
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