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Re: [Issue 533] New - implement reserved checkouts

From: Jim Blandy <jimb_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2002-08-05 18:03:56 CEST

Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> Oh, geez. This whole thread is way too narrowly scoped. *Everybody* is
> talking about developers and source code. Fine, geez. No locks.

No, no, no. I just figured your point stood, that it was obvious that
locks can be useful for unmergeable file formats, and didn't mention
it further. (I had a sentence like, "This doesn't address Greg's
concerns about unmergeable file formats" in an earlier draft of my
letter, but I left it out for some reason.)

The question I wanted to ask is, are locks useful to software
developers, too? They're often used in that context; is that always
an abuse of technology, or are there situations where it's a good
solution? What makes it a good solution in those cases?

If you want to design behavior that's useful in both contexts, then
you need to ask both questions, right?

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