[cvsnt] Re: Why edit -x?

Jerzy Kaczorowski jerzyk at wndtabs.com
Sun Oct 3 22:05:56 BST 2004

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Right, binary files. But with the edit -x the cure is worse that the

Why not limit the exclusive edits to binary files only?

Best Regards,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Hoyle" <tmh at nodomain.org>
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Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2004 12:21
Subject: [cvsnt] Re: Why edit -x?

> Jerzy Kaczorowski wrote:
> > Tony,
> >
> > In the recent versions there is a new option for edit command:
> >  -x  Exclusive edit (Stop other users editing this file)
> >
> > That doesn't seem right. Is there a way to verride it? commit -f doesn't
> > work and it probably should.
> No.  I can't see myself using it but for some people it's essential.  If
> you could override it that would defeat the point - an admin can still
> unedit it though.
> > It's totally against the main principle of CVS (namely concurency) and
> > will cause troubles given that with CVS people don't have any indication
> > that the files are exclusively edited by someone else up until the last
> > moment when it's too late.
> The same with -c if it's configured in the cvsrc... I'm aware of the
> problems with exclusive edits and agree with you, but there are those
> that won't work without them.  Adding the option doesn't reduce the
> concurrency for those that use it, it merely adds more options.
> I would always argue strongly the a concurrent development model is the
> only truly productive one, but there are corner cases where exclusive
> edits are necessary - eg. where the development tool uses binary files
> rather than text files.
> Tony
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