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Re: subversion and locking

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-11 17:16:06 CEST

On May 11, 2005, at 8:53 AM, Simon Whittaker wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I have recently installed subversion on a debian system and seem to
> have everything running quite happily for a multi-user environment.
> My problem now lies in the fact that my team are not happy working
> in a Copy-Modify-Merge environment as they do not feel it would
> work for them. They require the repository to block anyone else
> from checking out the file until it has been committed again.
>

Are all of the files binary formats? Ones that can't be merged? Or
they mostly source code? If the latter, then I suggest you might
have an education problem, rather than a requirements problem. I
suggest that you (and your team, especially) read the copy-modify-
merge discussion in chapter 2 of the book.

> This leaves me with a couple of options:
> 1/wait for version 1.2 to be released and _hope_ that it fulfills
> my expectations as regards locking.

Well, that's only a week away. You can test the rc3 candidate right
now if you want. There are also release notes describing the locking
UI:

    http://subversion.tigris.org/svn_1.2_releasenotes.html

The new locking feature certainly *can* be used to emulate VSS, but
it's really meant to be used only on unmergable binary files (where
lock-modify-unlock is truly required).

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