Re: Sharing Gnumeric files on a network

2009/7/14 bill lam <cbill lam gmail com>:
I might not remember correctly, excel (application) changes and flush
a few bytes in the excel file when opening it. If another user opens
that file again using excel, excel will issue a warning to the second
user that the file is read only.  This does not depend on file system
lock.  There are cases where an excel file is incorrectly flagged as
readonly if that file was not closed properly.

Yes, that's it. And it's not only a simple "handy" feature. It's a
vital one, for any work in group over a bunch of files which are
located somewhere in a network. I'm using Excel and want to migrate to
Gnumeric. But this thing is keeping me away from the changing...

So it's not a Windows only problem. This would be useful in any kind
of OS. The Vim program gives the following message, when the file is
already opened an the internal buffer changed (or when it wasn't
closed properly before saving):

Found a swap file by the name ".teste.txt.swp"
          owned by: ipe   dated: Tue Jul 14 22:21:30 2009
         file name: ~ipe/tmp/Windows/teste.txt
          modified: YES
         user name: ipe   host name: feo
        process ID: 4830
While opening file "teste.txt"
             dated: Tue Jul 14 22:21:05 2009

(1) Another program may be editing the same file.
    If this is the case, be careful not to end up with two
    different instances of the same file when making changes.
    Quit, or continue with caution.

(2) An edit session for this file crashed.
    If this is the case, use ":recover" or "vim -r teste.txt"
    to recover the changes (see ":help recovery").
    If you did this already, delete the swap file ".teste.txt.swp"
    to avoid this message.

Swap file ".teste.txt.swp" already exists!
[O]pen Read-Only, (E)dit anyway, (R)ecover, (D)elete it, (Q)uit, (A)bort:

So, that's my suggestion, don't know if it's too difficult to
implement. Anyway, it's really very useful.


Felipe Castro.

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