Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Do you guys know of a way so that if someone is working on a file (let's say through FTP) that will allow them to "check out" the file, so other people know it's being worked on and they don't overwrite any code?

I know that's a feature that was built into FrontPage years ago when I used it - but not sure if something like that exists on it's own - or maybe some kind of system teams can use to keep track of that?

share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Revision control? I'm not being set up am I?

share|improve this answer

There are two common ways to do this, on is some sort of version control to contain your files and have users check them in and out when using them, however this involves your users learning version control.

The other is to use something like Sharepoint or other document management systems that will give you a document repository (often online) and the ability to check files in and out. The advantage of Sharepoint is that it integrates well with office if this is something you need.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.