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Re: reserved checkout

From: Noel Yap
Subject: Re: reserved checkout
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 07:08:10 -0800 (PST)

Have you tried the patches available at

If so, your development process should include the
1. Developers put "edit -c" in ~/.cvsrc.
2. Developers "cvs edit" file(s).
3. If the edit aborts (due to other editors),
developer communicates with others.
4. Developers proceed only if there's no danger of
future merges.

Note that this won't alleviate the problem of
concurrent development through branches.

--- Matthias Kienle
<address@hidden> wrote:
> > [ On Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 10:34:52
> (+0100), Matthias Kienle
> > wrote: ]
> > > Subject: reserved checkout
> > >
> > > What do I wrong?
> > 
> > Don't use reserved checkouts with CVS -- CVS is
> the "Concurrent Versions
> > System"!
> > 
> I know cvs is a concurrent version system, but a new
> requirement comes up in 
> our department to use in future only one version
> system. The other version 
> system administrated binary files like word, excel
> and powerpoint. CVS (and 
> other version systems too) can not merge binary
> files after more than one edit 
> from several editors of the same version. The other
> version system can do 
> reserved checkouts but it runs on a windows server
> and has no command line.
> In a first test we used the editors and watcher
> function of cvs, but the test 
> shows us it is not enough. I must often merge by
> hand two versions and I can 
> say I hate it.
> I am a linuxer and I would hate it to explain my
> manager that cvs does not 
> support reserved checkouts for binary files. I
> control all web pages, server 
> configuartions and the total source code in a cvs
> repository. I love my command 
> line for cvs and I love my CVS.
> I know I am sitting between two chairs.
> Matthias
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