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RE: Get exclusive lock

From: <Nick.Thompson_at_infineon.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 17:18:49 +0100


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Les Mikesell [mailto:lesmikesell_at_gmail.com]
> Sent: 04 March 2008 15:54
> To: Thompson Nick (IFGB COM)
> Cc: users_at_subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Re: Get exclusive lock
> Nick.Thompson_at_infineon.com wrote:
> >
> >> That makes a whole lot of sense. Perhaps something can be
> >> implemented then!
> >
> > I don't understand how this helps. If I've just spent all day air
> > brushing somebody out of a photo, how will being told by Tortoise,
> > say, that I've wasted my time a few seconds or minutes
> after I save it
> > help me?
> I don't see how anything can help until you understand that
> you need to get your own lock _before_ working on a file
> where changes won't merge.
> > I really need the painting tool to warn me the file is read
> only/not
> > locked by me before I start.
> No, you just need to get the lock. Nothing else is going to
> be able to guess what you are about to do and advise you how
> to go about it.
> > Or maybe wrap the tools in a checking
> > script that warns the user before starting the tool. This
> way I should
> > be reminded to get the lock and not waste my time editing.
> Maybe it should pop up some photos of your co-workers to
> remind you that other people are involved...

It seems some people think I was auguing for such a feature to be
included. I was trying to point out the futility of adding features that
tell you after the fact that you made a mistake. My point was supposed
to be: IMHO Subversion does all it needs to do today and needs no
change. I do think some other tools *could* be more helpful/cooperative
in not allowing you to change a readonly file, just as a hint. But for
sure, you need to fully understand what the implications of working on a
*team* are: You have to communicate and SVN is a conduit for that - more
fool you if you don't use its features. Nice suggestion about the photos
popping up though - I like that ;-)

Hope that clears things up. Please, don't shoot!


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