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You should check out a file from source control when you want to make changes to the file. If you try to edit a file in source control that you did not check out, LabVIEW prompts you to check out the file if you configured source control to enable prompts.
To check files out from source control, LabVIEW must be configured to use source control.
|Caution If you modify a local file before you check out the file from source control, the version of the file on the local directory is different than the version in source control. Depending on the source control provider, you might lose the changes in the local file when you check out the file from source control. Refer to the source control provider documentation for more information about the effects of checking out files.|
Complete the following steps to use LabVIEW to check out a file.
In general, avoid checking out files for long periods of time. Make incremental changes to files when possible. When you check in a file, make sure you have tested it thoroughly. If you need to modify other files before you can check in a specific file, check out the other files, make the changes, and test them before checking in any of the files.
If you need to make several changes to a file, consider checking in the file after you complete one modification and then checking out the file again to start the next modification. Other users can access your changes and you have a checkpoint you can return to if you later decide that subsequent changes were incorrect.