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Re: Feature / Bug - File lock icon, checking for modifications

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-24 19:25:34 CEST

Edward Harvey wrote:

> I am not suggesting anything that does checking on-the-fly, which would
> slow down explorer. I am merely suggesting a periodic check helps users
> quickly identify things that have been changed elsewhere. It does not

Ok, imagine we would check every hour. The user doesn't know that we're
checking. But he will notice that since he installed TSVN, the explorer
would lock up for at least a few seconds from time to time. Bad, very bad.

> have to be "live," users can accept a certain level of granularity,
> especially if that level is configurable. Say, once every 5 mins, or 60
> minutes, or once a day. Any user who cannot tolerate this level of
> granularity is free to right-click and check for modifications.

You're free to use the check-for-modifications dialog even now.

> This periodic checking helps people notice something was modified, that
> they didn't expect to be modified. Hence, they were unlikely to ever
> check for modifications unless the check was automatic and silent.

You're forgetting that Subversion is version control. It doesn't help
you with communicating with your fellow developers. That's still up to
you. And IMHO Subversion shouldn't even help you there.
If you need a system which helps you communicating with other
developers, you should use another system - Subversion isn't the right
tool there.

>> * You can use the post-lock hook script to send out a mail to
>> every developer if you want to know who has which files locked.
>> * You can use the post-commit hook script to send out commit
>> mails. Then you know that a file is out-of-date too.
>
> This email idea is more unfriendly than right-clicking and check for
> modifications. If there are thousands of files under revision control,
> with dozens of users working on a project, it will be impossible for the
> users to keep track of that many emails.

Wow. If you have thousands of files under revision control, then asking
for remote locks would take a really long time. And you really think
blocking the explorer for that time, even if it is just once an hour
isn't unfriendly?

Stefan

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