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Re: Locking mechanisms

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Locking mechanisms
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:01:07 -0700

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Sandhya <address@hidden> writes:

> Needed to know if there was any possiblity of locking a particular
> file in the client so that the user can have a previlage of exclusive
> checkout. 

No. Advisory locks exist in cvs, but exclusive locks do not unless you
dive in under the covers and play more directly with RCS locks than is
generally desirable.

> This should not allow other users to edit the file. Is there
> any particular way by which this can be acheived ?

I would recommend moving to another source control system if you need
exclusive checkouts.

> One way of thinking was writing a shell script which tracks the
> command for locking from a user, and registers his name in a lock-file
> in the same directory. When the user unlocks the file , this lock-is
> deleted. When others try to access this during locked period, it
> should give an error.
> Whether this would work out or not and if this method has any problems
> -- please let me know.

This topic has been discussed in the address@hidden archives a few

Don't abuse the 'Concurrent Version System' to try to use non-concurrent
development methodologies. You will not be happy with the results.

        -- Mark
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