[Cvsnt] Unable to lock files

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at telia.com
Wed Apr 3 19:22:50 BST 2002

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On Wed, 3 Apr 2002 12:50:49 +0000 (UTC), "Antoniosi, Luis Felipe"
<felipe.antoniosi at sfw.com.br> wrote:

>Let me explain my problem:
>We develop on SQLWindows32, which doesn't produce source codes in plain text
>like any other languange. Due to this the merge function doesn't work. At
>really, trying to merge, if someone else skip one line or something like the
>file corrupts.
>Due to this we have the true need to lock the files to avoid double editing,
>or else we will lost our work.
>Other big problem: some notebooks here are win98 then we can't use named
>pipes (in fact we don't have this protocol here).
>I am trying to use the cvs in pserver mode but when I try to lock files it
>says that this feature is reseverd to repository administrators. I searched
>over the internet/documentation for many possibilities:
>* create cvsadmin group and join people to this group
>* create admin file on cvsroot
>* use edit -c instead
>* etc
>But it only works when I grant administrative rights to the user. I can't do
>it for everybody because this is madness. It is not safe. My network admin
>won't allow it.
>What can I do?
>Move to a unix sever?
>Luis Felipe da Costa Antoniosi
>E-mail: felipe.antoniosi at sfw.com.br

I think you have to find yourself a different version control system.
PVCS and the other commercial ones do have locks, but they are also
Maybe FreeVCS can be your selection? That is where I started out 16
months ago, but I switched to CVS because I liked the large community
of peers for support.
I think FreeVCS may be right for you because it stores the data not as
diffs but as complete committed files and it does not matter if it is
text or binary. I don't remember if it has a locking command though,
but you won't ever corrupt a file by setting the wrong options, I'm
sure. Here is an URL where you can start reading:


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