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Re: Checkout every file as read-only; make some of them editable with a explicit command.

From: Kevin Williams <kevin_at_bantamtech.com>
Date: 2004-11-16 20:54:19 CET

Exclusive checkouts vs. merge behavior is one of those never ending
discussions, like spaces vs. tabs, that is up to personal
interpretation. I believe the Subversion authors don't like exclusive
checkouts. Therefore, I believe this feature is only being added due to
popular demand. They are in no hurry because there's also a number of
people who don't need it.

Until Subversion offers both ways of doing things, it may help anyone
wishing for exclusive checkouts to try things "the Subversion way".
Create a test repository, have a few users use it, purposefully create
some conflicts, and follow the documentation to resolve the conflict. If
a majority finds they can work faster (assuming conflicts are rare if
project work is divided among developers) than if they run into
exclusive checkout restrictions, then the problem is solved.

It's a matter of personal taste. IMHO, it's like trying a food you've
never had - it's impolite to not at least TRY it before deciding it's bad.

Hope that helps,

Kevin

Petri Varsa wrote:
> Version 1.2 is supposed to have this feature. I don't know when 1.2 is
> supposed to be released, but the subversion roadmap mentions this
> feature.
>
> http://subversion.tigris.org/roadmap.html
>
> -petri
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Esteban Bolanos [mailto:ebolanos@datatec-ec.com]
> Sent: November 16, 2004 10:53 AM
> To: Subversion Users
> Subject: Checkout every file as read-only; make some of them editable
> with a explicit command.
>
> Hello,
>
> Is there a way to checkout files in read-only mode ("protected"
> files), and
> then enable the edition on just the files that one wants to work with?
>
> Some CVS users who are considering migrating to SVN asked me
> this, because
> that's a "feature" that they use frequently. I don't know much about
> CVS,
> but they tell me that, with it, it's possible to checkout files in
> protected
> mode and then issue a "cvs edit" command only on the files they intend
> to
> change, in order to prevent accidental changes. All that I know about
> "cvs
> edit" is that it is normally used in the context of watches; howewer,
> they
> don't use it for change notification, but rather just as a protection
> mechanism.
>
> How could one achieve a similiar effect in SVN?
>
> Thanks,
> Esteban.
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