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Re: Proposed patch: allow user to disable lockfile creation

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Proposed patch: allow user to disable lockfile creation
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:40:30 -0400

    It's actually more than that.  The scheme is simultaneously
    over-cautious and yet full of holes.

So what?  It still does a very useful job, providing advance warning
about simultaneous editing in many cases.

      It's predicated on the idea that
    everybody who might touch the file simultaneously is using Emacs,

No such assumption is made, because Emacs does not depend on this
feature to function every time.

The advance warning feature functions if the other person uses Emacs.
That's better than nothing.

    Furthermore, Emacs is perfectly capable of telling me when that has
    happened before I save... at least it seems to work pretty darned

That is why the advance warning feature does not need to be 100%
dependable.  It is an added convenience.  It is convenient to get the
warning before you start editing, rather than only when you try to
save the file.

Dr Richard Stallman
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