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Re: Need advice on 1) binary files, 2) locking

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Need advice on 1) binary files, 2) locking
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 19:10:00 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Monday, October 1, 2001 at 11:39:32 (-0700), Drew Adams wrote: ]
> Subject: Need advice on 1) binary files, 2) locking
> We are thinking about using CVS because that is what our software developers
> use for managing source code.

Sorry, but that's about the poorest excuse I've ever heard.

You really  do not need, or want, to use CVS.

CVS is a source code management tool that was literally designed to
force its users to do concurrent development.  It _really_ likes to
merge changes!  ;-)

> Some questions:
> 1. Does it make sense for us to use CVS on binary files?


> 2. If so, is there a way to make CVS use exclusive file locks - a la RCS &


> 3. If not, can you suggest an alternative way to go (~free)? (Note that
> Framemaker itself provides only locking of files that are currently being
> Framemaker-edited.)

you might try using plain old RCS, though maybe PRCS would be better if
you've got a lot of files to manage and especially if they are logically
grouped into different sub-directories, etc. (PRCS uses a delta
algorithm that's tuned to binary files)

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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