[darcs-users] conflict or no

Ralph Dratman ralph.dratman at gmail.com
Mon Jan 15 18:53:47 UTC 2007

Well, I think the darcs concept is centered on avoiding the whole
check-out system. Also, I'm not sure I see how such an option could be
implemented within darcs. Since there's no check-out process, darcs
would be reduced to warning that two users had modified the file in
parallel -- implying that the files ought to be checked for the sort
of undetectable semantic conflict you proposed.



On 1/15/07, Kauker, Hubert <Hubert.Kauker at travelbasys.de> wrote:
> Ralph,
> > That's an interesting point. I'm sure this is one reason why typical
> > source control systems don't allow two developers to work on one file
> > at the same time.
> Would it be reasonable for darcs to have an option to support such "typical"
> behavior, too?
> > But consider that the same sort of thing could happen even if two
> > developers were working on two different files -- call them fileA and
> > fileB.
> Yes, quite true. But such cases are far less likely than accidentally
> working on the same file.
> > A source control system can only guard against corruption or confusion
> > of text -- not against corruption or confusion of meaning.
> Hm, yeah.
> There is certainly no protection against mental confusion. :-)
> But anyhow, working on the *same* file is so exceedingly common that I would
> not call it confusion. Just weakness, say, or maybe oversight, or neglect,
> or neccessity. Whatever.
> Some compatibility option might turn out to be very useful.
> Just to enable a more "defensive" style of work.
> Regards,
> Hubert
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