[cvsnt] Re: Why edit -x?

Tony Hoyle tmh at nodomain.org
Sat Oct 2 15:10:10 BST 2004

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Oliver Giesen wrote:
> Well, so what? Use the -kc flag then. It's even more transparent. You could
> see the flag when you do a status or even in the WinCvs UI. When you also
> see that the file is edited, you can be sure it is being edited by you only
> (unless somebody messed with the file attributes but I don't think that
> counts...).

..or even -kx (which some might have noticed is almost exactly the same 
as -kc, except what gets recorded on the server side).

There really isn't a huge difference between edit -c and edit -x, except 
edit -x is enforced so you can't override it by doing an ordinary edit. 
  The -k options are expressions of that (they just trigger default 
behaviour in certain commands).

Having the knowledge of exclusive edits on the server side will be 
useful in the future, when a lot of the backend reporting stuff gets 
written (and definately for some of the really funky stuff that's on the 
horizon).  For now as far as most users are concerned it's one more way 
to do the same thing - with perhaps the added comfort of being called 

At one time I'd have said to someone who wanted exclusive edits 'use 
another tool'.  Now that cvsnt pays for my lunch I've not really got the 
luxury of doing that... however I'll always focus on the concurrent 
stuff as that's what I use daily.


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