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CVS--Concurrent Versions System v1.11.1.1

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10.6 Mechanisms to track who is editing files

For many groups, use of CVS in its default mode is perfectly satisfactory. Users may sometimes go to check in a modification only to find that another modification has intervened, but they deal with it and proceed with their check in. Other groups prefer to be able to know who is editing what files, so that if two people try to edit the same file they can choose to talk about who is doing what when rather than be surprised at check in time. The features in this section allow such coordination, while retaining the ability of two developers to edit the same file at the same time.

For maximum benefit developers should use cvs edit (not chmod) to make files read-write to edit them, and cvs release (not rm) to discard a working directory which is no longer in use, but CVS is not able to enforce this behavior.

10.6.1 Telling CVS to watch certain files  
10.6.2 Telling CVS to notify you  
10.6.3 How to edit a file which is being watched  
10.6.4 Information about who is watching and editing  
10.6.5 Using watches with old versions of CVS  Watches interact poorly with CVS 1.6 or earlier


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