Lock Files During Release

If you want to lock the files during release operation set the property useEditMode to true. Default value of this property is false.

mvn release:perform -DuseEditMode=true

This relies on release.properties being present from a previous release. If this is not the case, you need to give the goal the name of the URL and optional tag to perform the release from. For example:

mvn release:perform -DuseEditMode=true
  -DconnectionUrl=scm:svn:https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/maven/plugins/tags/maven-release-plugin-2.0

After the release is complete, the release.properties and other release files will be removed from the checkout.