A quick word about checkout modes.
By default, BitKeeper operates in a "clean" checkout mode. This means
that all files must be explicitly checked out in either read-only
or read-write mode. You can specify that a particular repository should be
in "checkout: get" or "checkout: edit" mode as well as specify in your own
configuration what the default mode should be.
Available Checkout Modes
In get mode, BK will automatically checkout each file in read-only mode
(using bk co ) after doing a checkin.
In edit mode, BK will automatically checkout each file in read-write mode
(using bk edit ) after doing a checkin.
In last mode, BK will preserve the state of the file before checkin.
In none mode, BK will clear the file after doing a checkin.
This is the default.
The repositories we are using for this test drive have been marked "checkout:
get" which means that all files within the repo will be checked out in
read-only mode by default. That's why we have to first checkout the files
for editing before we can make any changes to them. In most cases you will
usually just checkout the files you plan to modify for editing and leave the
rest as read-only as it makes it really easy to see what you're changing from
the Explorer. If you were to run in "checkout: edit" mode, all of the files
would already be in the directory and writable after a clone, and you could
skip the step of having to check them out.