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Re: Exclusive Locking: 2nd draft

From: Michael W Thelen <thelenm_at_cs.utah.edu>
Date: 2004-05-22 06:23:01 CEST

* C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato@collab.net> [2004-05-21 10:42]:
> To date, I don't know if anyone has considered the ability to lock
> directories -- I guess I can imagine it being useful as a shortcut for
> locking many files, but I think it's probably overkill.

I guess it depends on what problem is meant to be solved by exclusive
locks. The example always cited is binary files that are unmergeable,
and if that's the problem that exclusive locking aims to solve, then the
ability to lock directories may be overkill. But are there cases where
users may want to lock a directory itself, other than as a shortcut for
locking lots of files? If so, then certainly it's not overkill.

I don't know whether there are such cases; users of other version
control systems may have some ideas. I haven't really used anything
other than CVS and Subversion.

-- Mike

Michael W. Thelen
I have an existential map.  It has "You are here" written all over it.
                -- Stephen Wright

Received on Sat May 22 06:24:52 2004

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