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

From: Peter Yamamoto <yamamotop_at_page44.com>
Date: 2006-04-25 21:22:35 CEST

As well:
"
then it would require users to always get locks, even if they know
nobody else will work on a file.
"
Followed by:
"
I think it would be a lot easier if only a person could see that a file
was locked, before they try to edit it.
"

Now all of a sudden, these users know something I would give a left arm for in project management!-)
How would they know "nobody else will work on a file" if apparently this file sharing issue is such a problem!?

The file lock mechanism should be adequate. It simply means that the user will recognize an unmergeable file before attempting to modify it and hence at that point can check for the lock and lock it. As Stefan points out on one hand you say the users have this management problem, but on the other hand you say they are perfectly willing to look at an icon before editing... I somehow doubt it (and in any case this still isn't reliable regardless unless the person himself actually asks for the lock and gets it).

That is the safest way to enforce this it seems and it's a modest overhead for the danger it protects against. This hardly seems like extra work... If you want to avoid that step then this sounds like a job for scripting in the apps they are using to modify the files (some of which do support this type of behavior, eg built in version control hooks).

Peter
-----Original Message-----
From: Stefan Küng [mailto:tortoisesvn@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:15 PM
To: users@tortoisesvn.tigris.org
Subject: Re: Feature / Bug - File lock icon, checking for modifications

Edward Harvey wrote:

> There's no way any one of those people wants to remember all the files
> that other people have locked, and there's no way they want to
> manually check every file they're about to modify, especially if 99%
> of the time there's no lock.

If they don't want to check a file before they start modifying it, then they also don't look at the overlay that file has. So what's your point here?

Stefan

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