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Re: is subversion useful for mainly binary projects?

From: Neil Gower <neilg_at_digitalextremes.com>
Date: 2004-03-18 17:03:37 CET

Terry Kilshaw wrote:

>>>Does it have, hidden away somewhere, the equivalent of the CVS
> edit/unedit commands?
>>
>>svn does not implement locking, if that's what you mean.
>
> Yes. That is what I mean. If there is no locking there is nothing to stop
> two programers from changing the same file at the same time. This is not-OK
> for binary-based work like filemaker. There is no way to merge the changes.
>
> I would conclude that SVN is not a good chioce for a binary-only project
> like ours. Though for the other reasons you gave, it would be nice.

One option that does exist for svn users right now is to access binaries
through WebDAV, and using WebDAV's locking mechanism:

http://svnbook.red-bean.com/html-chunk/apcs02.html#svn-app-c-sect2.3

As I understand it, Windows clients can't edit in place with this
solution (they have to copy-edit-clobber). Also, this solution can be
circumvented if someone uses something other than WebDAV to access those
resource in the repository.

It's a hack, but it might be enough to get you started until locking is
implemented in Subversion. :-)

Cheers,

Neil.

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