This is a slightly different version of the question about what happens when two people are editing and saving the same node. My version involves node deletion instead of editing:

  1. Alice starts to edit the node (/node/123/edit).
  2. Bob starts to edit the same node (/node/123/edit)
  3. Alice deletes node 123 via the Delete button on the form and the followup "are you sure" page.
  4. Bob, not knowing the node has been deleted, hits the Save button on the form.

Currently, Bob gets a 404 error back from the server -- "The requested page '/node/123/edit' could not be found." This makes good sense, since the node has in fact gone away, but in a perfect world I would trap the doomed request and send back something a little more helpful, perhaps redirecting the user to a more reasonable page. Is there any way to do this, short of major surgery on the forms API? I can't think of one, to be honest -- it's the web server here that's unhappy, not Drupal -- but I thought I'd ask... Maybe there's a hook out there that I don't know about?

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A better solution may be to use content locking to prevent double editing.

for example: http://drupal.org/project/content_lock

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    Yeah, I've thought about that. Thanks for the suggestion!
    – Jim Miller
    Jan 3, 2013 at 17:36
  • This module seems not to be maintained anymore and have security issues
    – Mika A.
    May 15, 2014 at 8:20

You can also use the Workbench module

Workbench provides overall improvements for managing content that Drupal does not provide out of the box. Workbench gives us three important solutions:

  • A unified and simplified user interface for users who ONLY have to work with content. This decreases training and support time.

  • The ability to control who has access to edit any content based on an organization's structure not the web site structure

  • A customizable editorial workflow that integrates with the access control feature described above or works independently on its own

  • Can you expand on this a little bit? I don't recall seeing anything in Workbench that does this.
    – mpdonadio
    Jan 6, 2013 at 13:16
  • i didn't say workbench may do the same,but a delete action need an admin approval Jan 6, 2013 at 13:18

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