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When you run a regular edit operation on multiple files and any one of them has -kx options the edit command is made exclusive for all files in the operation. MyFile1.txt MyBinary.exe -kBx MyFile2.txt cvs edit MyFile1.txt MyBinary.exe MyFile2.txt Creates an <exclusive /> entry in the fileattr.xml for all three files. When another user runs cvs edit on MyFile1.txt instead of getting the error message about the file aready being edited they get an "invalid data from server" message. See output below. The file in question is text. cvs -r edit -- MullionAudit_AUDITS.APV (in directory C:\CVSHome\SimCode\AUDITS\) MullionAudit_AUDITS.APV rickma Thu Apr 5 23:13:30 2007 GMT RICK-MARTIN1 C:\CVSHome\SIMCODE/AUDITS cvs server: Edit on file 'MullionAudit_AUDITS.APV' refused by server cvs edit: invalid data from cvs server ***** CVS exited normally with code 1 ***** Both server and client are running:2.5.03 (Scorpio) Build 2382 In this case I'm not using wrappers for the -k opt but explicitly added the binary file with -kBx. With GUI interfaces it's really easy to click on 4-5 files and hit edit. If anyone of them is -kBx then all of the edits will be exclusive. Thanks, Rick