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Re: [Issue 533] New - implement reserved checkouts

From: Wilfredo Sanchez <wsanchez_at_mit.edu>
Date: 2002-08-06 18:55:59 CEST

   I'd like to point that one solution is to make Excel files mergeable. That is, let's not forget to make sure SVN has the appropriate flexibility to use alternative diff/merge tools for oddball file formats.

   Obviously, if two people edit different cells in the spreadsheet, it can be merged in much the same way that two C files with different line edits can be merged. Maybe easier, in fact.

   Of course, this doesn't remove the need to account for non-mergeable formats, since we're probably not going to have diff/merge tools for all formats, but I just wanted to remind everyone of the more Utopian dream.

   I like Karl's point that SVN may be able to provide a more general communication method for what's going on with a file. Being able to attach out-of-band comments to files is highly useful. Of course, we can already do that with metadata, but maybe we're taking about something that's not associated with a revision. This may include "wsanchez is working on this document" or Cc: list for who to notify when a change happens, etc.


On Monday, August 5, 2002, at 04:27 AM, Greg Stein wrote:

> Fact: Excel spreadsheets are non-mergable.
> [...]
> Advisory or mandatory locks are pretty well required in this situation.

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