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Is there any way to maintain multiple 'instances' of a file?

Question asked by boden on Jul 25, 2009
Latest reply on Jul 27, 2009 by daniel.gradecak
Let's say I've got a folder of files.  I want to make it so that regular users cannot modify the files in the folder directly, but instead have them somehow open the files for revision.

This is sorta doable using a simple workflow.  I can add a step "Open for Revision" which copies the file to a revision folder, and from there I can have whatever other steps in the revision / approval phase.  However, at the end, I'm just working with a copy.  This means that at the end of the approval chain, somebody is going to have to manually overwrite / update the original file. 

If instead of copying the file to a revision folder I had the workflow move the file, then a) the user would have to have permissions to move it, which means they could move it anywhere, right? and b) the file disappears from the original folder, which I don't want.

Unless I'm missing something, Alfresco isn't giving me any additional control here that a simple file share with permissions doesn't already offer.