For many groups, use of CVS in its default mode is perfectly satisfactory. Users may sometimes go to check in a modification only to find that another modification has intervened, but they deal with it and proceed with their check in. Other groups prefer to be able to know who is editing what files, so that if two people try to edit the same file they can choose to talk about who is doing what when rather than be surprised at check in time. The features in this section allow such coordination, while retaining the ability of two developers to edit the same file at the same time.
For maximum benefit developers should use
chmod) to make files read-write to
edit them, and
cvs release (not
discard a working directory which is no longer in use,
but CVS is not able to enforce this behavior.