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RE: Locking support

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: Locking support
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 13:42:39 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Monday, August 20, 2001 at 20:39:22 (-0400), Noel L Yap wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: Locking support
> I originally created these patches for users who were also used to locks (PVCS
> and RCS), but by the time I finished the patches, they were so used to the
> concurrency in CVS that they never used them.

Ah, now that tells a tale I wasn't fully aware of before!  And it's a
tale that fills volumes too!  ;-)

>  I still think a good process
> would include use of the patches to support more confidence in concurrent
> development.

I suspect a bit of up-front education is far far more beneficial in all
cases.  Such sleight of hand can very (too) easily backfire.

The primary reason someone should consider switching from plain RCS (or
SCCS, or PVCS, etc.) to CVS is to get at the concurrent editing feature.

If that's not your primary reason for choosing CVS, and if concurrent
editing is actually a problem for you (and/or if binary files are an
issue for you, etc.), then you are not making the right choice.

Everything else (eg. client/server support, built-in directory hierarchy
traversal, nifty branching, etc.) is just gravy to make the concurrency
easier to swallow for those who still have doubts.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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