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Re: What's a "trunk" good for? (apart from eating peanuts)

From: Jeff Smith <jsmith_at_robotronics.com>
Date: 2007-01-12 17:46:07 CET

On Friday 12 January 2007 02:31, B. Smith-Mannschott wrote:
> For example, we have a number of non-technical users of
> subversion who were confused by the term "check out". To them it
> implied that they'd "checked out" the file as one might a book in a
> library and hence no one else could possibly be editing it as long
> as they had it "checked out". "Download" or "get working copy",
> might have been better terms, but "check out" it is. Convention
> wins again.

Good example, except that the term "check out" still applies just as
well as back when the repository only allowed one checkout at a time.

It's just that back then, the public library had only one copy. Now
they have multiple copies available. Of course the public library
with books was never designed to handle people writing in the books,
so that example is no longer relevant. It doesn't change the original
meaning of "check out", meaning basically to be registered, and take
a copy home. Personally, I think svn should still track who checked
what out when, but it apparently does not.

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