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RE: Can't save merged file when using Tortoise CVS with WinMerge

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Can't save merged file when using Tortoise CVS with WinMerge
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 09:18:33 -0400

address@hidden wrote:
> I have come across a problem where after merging my conflicting file
> with WinMerge if there were any changes on the left hand side of the
> comparison view WinMerge will ask me to save under a different name
> because the file is set as read only by TortoiseCVS.
> Can tortoise CVS be told to not make the temporary file (on the left
> of comparison view) not read only?
I don't know. You would probably get better information from a list that
specializes in Tortoise and/or CVSNT - this list specializes in the CVS
implementation available from

> I saw one site 
> where there work around is "Remember that the file on the left in
> WinMerge is just a temporary copy of the file in CVS. Modify the file
> on the right, save it and then commit the changes using WinCVS."

I'm not familiar with Tortoise, but that advice seems to me to be extremely
sensible. I wouldn't even view it as a "work around" - a workaround is a
series of steps you have to do, to bypass some bug in the program. Their
suggestion is, in my opinion, a very good Recommended Practise.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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