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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-01 12:51:19

At 09:22 AM 11/1/2004, David Abrahams wrote:
>Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> Aleksey Gurtovoy wrote:
>>>> The first two archives does not give write permissions to the user
>>>> the unarchived files).
>>> That's intentional. After all, normally you shouldn't be modifying
>>> anything in the distribution. Or should you?
>> No unix source package I ever downloaded had read-only files. That
>> protection, really. If I unintentionally remove some files, I can just
>> reinstall. If I want to edit them, I'll edit them anyway. Write
>> will just get in the way. BTW, just like it gets in the way with
>> Boost CVS
>> -- somehow all files are read only and I constantly have to change
>> permissions or tell Emacs to override them.
>Personally I like that. I don't tell Emacs to override them, I
>use `C-x v v' to "cvs edit" them.
>There are CVS options to control this. In fact, unless you have
>CVSREAD set in your environment, CVS checks out writable files.

There must be more to the story than that. I don't have CVSREAD set, but
always get read-only files from the main CVS yet read-write files from the
sandbox. It's a mystery!


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