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RE: Re: Get exclusive lock

From: Bicking, David (HHoldings, IT) <David.Bicking_at_thehartford.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 08:49:07 -0500


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Les Mikesell [mailto:lesmikesell_at_gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 12:15 PM
> Reedick, Andrew wrote:
> >
> > Version control doesn't make money, it saves money.
> Anything that can
> > reduce the knowledge/effort needed to use version control is a good
> > thing. In this case, it's probably a good, practical idea
> for key SVN
> > operations to print a simple reminder indicating the presence of
> > 'svn:needs-lock' files in the workspace, to help prevent costly
> > mistakes.
> Remind me here... how did the person who created the file
> know to set the needs-lock status in the first place? What
> if you create a similar file? How will you know to set the
> property? If you have people who don't understand which
> files can have changes merged easily and which can't, you
> will not only have people who don't observe the needs-lock
> property, you aren't likely to have it set on the files that
> need it anyway - unless the people who edit files don't
> create new ones. Being 'mergable' or not is really an
> inherent property of the file type, not something dictated by
> the VC so you probably want to get a lock any time you plan
> to touch such files whether anyone else remembered to set the
> property in the VC or not.

  First, try to explain it, if that doesn't work, just wait. I'll wager
that the first time someone has 3 hours of work overwritten, everybody
will come to understand how, when, and why svn:needs-lock should be
used. Those who don't, probably can't handle the job anyway.

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