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Files unexpectedly modified by IDEs under version control

From: Luca Cappa <luca.cappa_at_sequoia.it>
Date: 2006-06-30 09:22:12 CEST

Hello all,

I have some project files (filename.prj, or filename.wsp) of some IDEs
that are modified when they are open/closed in those IDEs. Since those
project files are under SVN version control, upon a commit, the
modifications of those files are committed too. The problem is that
sometime one developer updates from svn, and it finds that one of those
project files has been modified, and he does not know if the change was
done voluntaryly by some other developer or it was applied just by the
IDE. In the former case the changes should be applied (without merging),
and the latter it is useless, and the automatic "merging" should be
avoided cause even though the files are mostly XML/text files, the
automatic merging could have unpredictable effects.

What is a good strategy to handle such situations?

I was thinking to make those file appears as binary, and applying on them
a forced lock mechanism. Any hint?


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