[cvsnt] Betr.: RE: force commit (despite not being a valid editor

Kerry, Richard richard.kerry at siemens.com
Wed Jan 21 11:20:48 GMT 2009

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Note also the -u option on the unedit command.
This allows you to unlock files that another used has locked, if they
are unable to do so.
I've used this a number of times when people have left the company but
hadn't unlocked everything before they went.
It is only available to admins.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org 
> [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf Of Jan Keirse
> Sent: 22 January 2009 07:22
> To: cvsnt at cvsnt.org cvsnt downloads at march-hare.com @CVSNT on Twitter CVSNT on Facebook
> Subject: [cvsnt] Betr.: RE: force commit (despite not being a 
> valid editor
> "Arthur Barrett" <arthur.barrett at march-hare.com> schreef op 
> 20/01/2009 
> 20:23:43:
> > > I want to force commit despite the fact that I am not a valid 
> > > editor. Is 
> > > there a switch for this (can be done by a CVS admin if 
> > > required) or am I 
> > > out of luck?
> > 
> > No - it would defeat the point.
> Thanks for your feedback Arthur. I know it defeats the point, 
> I was hoping 
> there was some `emergency' shortcut only available to admins 
> or something 
> but that would indeed be rather risky to use. I'm working on 
> an automated 
> procedure that has to force the commit, despite anything 
> anyone else is 
> doing on that branch, if that means their changes are lost 
> than so be it, 
> the users will be well informed about this. I guess I'll have 
> to first do 
> the -k-x trick because we're not using the exclusive locking 
> on purpose, 
> it must have been set by accident. 
> > However you can become a valid editor by issuing a 'cvs edit' on the
> > file, or you can change the mode of the file (cvs up -k-x 
> filename.ext;
> > cvs ci -f -m "change mode").
> Are the -k-x and other related options documented somewhere? The only 
> documentation I can find after googling and searching the 
> manual (and the 
> eBook) is about the keyword substitution. I found a couple of 
> mentions 
> about -k-x in faq's and mailinglist messages but no real 
> documnetation. 
> It's almost as if this is `unsupported.'
> Kind Regards,
> Software quality & Systems: Software Engineer
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