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Under some circumstances, you may want to allow several SourceSafe users tocheck out a file simultaneously. This can be accomplished on a global basisthrough use of the Visual SourceSafe Admin Utility. However, you may wantto allow only a certain set of files to be checked out by multiple users.This article describes how to do it.
Use the following procedure to allow multiple checkouts on a global basis:
Open or switch to the Visual SourceSafe Admin Utility.
On the Tools menu, click Options to open the Options dialog box.
Select the Allow Multiple Checkouts check box (located on the General Page).
Click OK. Note that this change will not take effect until users restart SourceSafe.
Use the following procedure to allow multiple checkouts at the projectlevel:
Place the files that you want to have the capability for multiple checkouts in a certain project or projects.
Open the Srcsafe.ini file (usually located in the root of your SourceSafe server installation) in any ASCII text editor.
Add an entry at the end of the Srcsafe.ini file for each project for which you want to set multiple checkouts to true. This entry should have the following syntax:
For example, if you only want to allow multiple checkouts for the project $/Mydir/Myproject, the entry would look like:
[$/Mydir/Myproject] Multiple_Checkouts = Yes
Save the changes to the Srcsafe.ini file. Note that these changes will not take effect until users restart SourceSafe. Note that when you set multiple checkouts at the project level, the Allow Multiple Checkouts check box in the Visual SourceSafe Admin Utility never be selected; that is, it is always unchecked.
NOTE: SourceSafe will not allow multiple checkouts on a binary file. Thisis by design.
Visual SourseSafe version 5.0 provides added flexibility for enabling anddisabling Multiple Checkouts at the file or project level. For moreinformation, please refer to the User's Guide, chapter 4 "Project and FileBasics."