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Re: Microsoft Word documents become read-only during editing

Author Kim Gräsman <kim dot grasman at gmail dot com>
Full name Kim Gräsman <kim dot grasman at gmail dot com>
Date 2012-05-14 04:49:32 PDT
Message Hi Paul,

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Paul Moloney <paul_moloney@hot​mail.com> wrote:
> Has anyone else encountered the following problem when editing Microsoft Word
> documents (in my case, *.docm files) that have been checked into subversion
> using TortoiseSVN as client:
>
> Initally when the doc is opened, everything is fine. Then at some point, it
> will become read-only and any edits have to be discarded or a new copy of
> the document saved. Checking the properties of the document shows the "Read
> Only" flag isn't set. When the document is closed, then reopened, the
> problem is gone (at least until it happens again).

I'm not using TortoiseSVN directly, and I have this problem too.

See e.g.
http://help.lockergn​ome.com/office/Word-​2007-randomly-makes-​doc-working-read--ft​opict951118.html

It seems to be a problem with Microsoft Word. My guess is that it
tries to auto-save and if it fails to get exclusive access to the
document doing so, it assumes it can never be written and marks it
Read-Only internally.

I don't know if any parts of TSVN opens files spontaneously
(TSVNCache, perhaps?), but it might as well be anti-virus or something
else.

- Kim

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Microsoft Word documents become read-only during editing Paul Moloney <paul_moloney at hotmail dot com> Paul Moloney <paul_moloney at hotmail dot com> 2012-05-14 04:34:47 PDT
     Re: Microsoft Word documents become read-only during editing Kim Gräsman <kim dot grasman at gmail dot com> Kim Gräsman <kim dot grasman at gmail dot com> 2012-05-14 04:49:32 PDT
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