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svn lock — Lock working copy paths or URLs in the repository so that no other user can commit changes to them.


svn lock TARGET...


Lock each TARGET. If any TARGET is already locked by another user, print a warning and continue locking the rest of the TARGETs. Use --force to steal a lock from another user or working copy.



Lock two files in your working copy:

$ svn lock tree.jpg house.jpg
'tree.jpg' locked by user 'harry'.
'house.jpg' locked by user 'harry'.

Lock a file in your working copy that is currently locked by another user:

$ svn lock tree.jpg
svn: warning: W160035: Path '/tree.jpg is already locked by user 'sally' in fi
lesystem '/var/svn/repos/db'
$ svn lock --force tree.jpg
'tree.jpg' locked by user 'harry'.

Lock a file without a working copy:

$ svn lock
'tree.jpg' locked by user 'harry'.

For further details, see the section called “Locking”.