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Re: shared local working copy unix

From: <David_Peterka_at_mckinsey.com>
Date: 2006-02-24 19:35:46 CET

Thanks for the thoughts, I've made the arguement for new disk and all that
but it's their stuff and their $ and it's an olde aix mainframe style
thing for which disk isn't exactly cheap.

Before I started writing the scripts I had done the googling and found bug
trackers about shared working copies and references to that bit of
functionality. (ref this one about security probs

What I couldn't find is a suggested approach approach for planning around
it. So the use case is a few users need to use the shared working copy,
likely hood of them editing something at the same time is low but I've
also added a lock to the script we're using (also a requested feature) to
prevent this. It's correct that suid can't be used in the shell
environment I'm using it would have to be done with a bit of c, rather
avoid that anyways. I realize that this is probably not the best way to
do things but in the end sounds like it's doable, just not the greatest


David Peterka
(212) 415-1774

Theo Van Dinter <felicity@kluge.net>
02/24/2006 11:41 AM



Re: shared local working copy unix

On Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 11:00:50AM -0500, Phillip Susi wrote:
> You really can't share a wc between multiple users. Obviously they can
> try to edit the same file and clobber each other, and when they do go to

> do a commit to the repository, the repository won't know who actually
> did the commit. Also if two people try to commit, update, revert, or
> whatever at the same time, you're going to clobber the wc.

Well, you can, but it all depends on what the use pattern is. An example
is that for a project I'm working on, we have a WC of the website as the
docroot on the webserver. Anyone related to the project can go in and
make changes to the WC and commit from there. This isn't a huge issue
because there are only 4-8 people who could make changes, and we do
so very rarely (the website isn't the product we're working on), so we
don't worry about the issues of multiple people editing the same file,
different operations running at the same time, etc.

In the end, my opinion is that if there's going to be any form of
complexity wrt how people do their work, there should be separate WC
per user. Disk is cheap. :)

BTW: "the repository won't know who actually did the commit" -- sure it
will, assuming the users don't su/sudo to run the commands. It read as if
they are simply sharing the WC via group/permissions as opposed to having
"group user" that people switch to so they can make edits.

> IIRC, shell scripts can not be suid, only binaries can.

It depends on the OS actually.

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