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Editing binary files without locks / reserved checkouts

From: Michael Mattox <michael.mattox_at_verideon.com>
Date: 2004-03-21 09:56:55 CET

I am hoping to use SubVersion on a new project where we will be storing our
source code and documents (Word, Excel, Visio) in our repository. So far
I've been working hard to convince the team we should use SubVersion instead
of CVS. I'm really stuck on the reserved checkout issue. I have read many
of the discussions on this issue in the mailing list archives and I agree
that for source code, reserved checkouts are not necessary. However for
binary files such as Word documents, I can't see any way to work around the
problem of two people modifying the same document at the same time. I know
it has been decided not to include reserved checkouts in release 1.0, and
I'm happy to see it's planned for a future release. I'm curious what the
status is (I read issue 533 but unfortunately it won't let me vote or add a
comment. The last comment is from 2002! I'm afraid the people who need
reserved checkouts have given up on this issue.

Also is there a work-a-round? Our project has a lot of word documentation
and if we can't prevent two people from modifying the same file at the same
time we will be forced to use CVS. That would be a real shame! ;)


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Received on Sun Mar 21 09:57:03 2004

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