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Feature Request - Get lock status on Update, and show status in icon overlay

From: Alex Hogan <alex.hogan_at_n-space.com>
Date: 2007-10-06 20:51:39 CEST

Hi guys,

I am wishing that there was a way to see the lock status easily in the
overlay - i.e. I wish to be able to see if another user has locked an
item in the repository.

I know this has been mentioned on the FAQ on the website, but I believe
that was in the "constantly updating" overlay status that gets changed
when you change a file yourself. The FAQ says that the lock status
cannot be shown because then there would be constant connections to the
server for each file in a folder to check the lock status.

I am wondering if the 'last known' lock status could be stored when one
uses Tortoise to update his working copy - at that point I think all the
files are being checked anyway, right? Or does Subversion provide
Tortoise with a "changes" list that does not include the lock status?
(I'm not a programmer by any means, so please forgive me if this is
flamboyantly wrong.)

Right now I am trying to ensure that we don't lose any work by having
the "requires lock" parameter set to on, but it is not as nice as seeing
which file is locked or not, and certainly not easy for me to check a
tree to see which files are 'in use.'

For a bit of context - I am trying out Subversion with Tortoise for an
art tree, not for code, so it's all binary files with no possibility of
merging, and most of the users are artists and aren't all that technical.

Anyway, just firing of a few questions - I'm afraid I do not know too
many other places to ask questions about Subversion with Tortoise.

Thanks for reading,


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Received on Sat Oct 6 20:48:22 2007

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