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Ensuring multiple users of a local site in dreamweaver can only open a file as read-only if another user is editing that file.

Posted on 2004-11-25
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I have set a up a shared network folder as a local site for multiple users in dreamweaver. There is no remote site as the users want to upload via FTP explorer to the server. The problem is that when one of the users has a file open, another user can open the same file and make changes too thereby running the risk of overwriting each others work. I would have thought that when one user had a file open, another user would have only been able to view it as read only? Is there anyway to make this the case?
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by:Saqib Khan
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Maybe You Should Install Visual Source Safe. VSS will do it for u.

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We don't want to go down the the route of installing Visual Source Safe. Is there any other way around the problem?
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No, DW is not designed for that.  One licence per workstation is thier concern; therefore only one person per local HD.

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We had that issue at the last place I worked. We dealt with it by having good verbal communication:
P1: "who has #4?"
P2: "Me, you need it?"
P1: "yeap. let me know, alright?"
P2: "Ok. I'll be done in 5 mins"
...5 mins later...
P2: "Done. It's yours"
P1: "thank you."

The only alternative I see is the use of a third-party software to manage your folder(s), or simply force a policy of having a secondary "edit" folder where all files must be copied to and edited from and then moved over back to the main folder. This will cause overwrite messages when someone else is editing the file.

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I don't know if good communication is the key as there are a couple of publishers in different offices so that won't work. I've now set a replica folder on the same server and using it as a remote so now I can enable check in/check out and am able to keep track of who is working on what. Although when i go to override a file someone has checked out, it allows me to open it for editing  and does'nt prompt me to override their checkin. I take it this has something to do with the fact that I'm using a shared network folder as a local site?any way to ensure dreamweaver prompts the user that the file is already checked out before they check it out?
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>>now I can enable check in/check out<<
I don't understand this. Is this a technical term, or a word  you use to describe the use of multiple folders?

If the latter, can you explain the process a bit more thoroughly so that we can provide suggestions?

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The check in/out feature in dreamweaver:
"The Check In/Check Out system helps Web developers in a collaborative environment manage a Web site's files. The Check In/Check Out option allows only one person to work on a file at a time, to prevent team members from overwriting each other's changes. " - http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_15336

I've used this feature before and it prompted the user if they were going open(check out) a file that someone else had currently checked out. The difference this time is that I am not being prompted - my local copy of the site is on a shared network site on this occasion as opposed to being local to each machine as on previous occasions.
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I suggest that this Q doesn't get deleted. The info is useful.


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