The P4Win Window Navigation | P4Win Navigation Guide


The P4Win Screen 

The P4Win screen resembles the Windows Explorer. The following diagram points out the main portions of the screen. Each pane is described in detail in the following sections.  

The Depot Pane

Depot contents are displayed in a tree in the left pane.

Picture DepotPane:

Some navigation hints:

Multiple selections: Shift-click to select contiguous items, Ctrl-click to select noncontiguousitems.

Select next/previous: Up and down arrows traverse the current level, and right and leftarrows move the cursor up and down through the folder hierarchy.

Open a selected folder: Use the asterisk (*) key on the numeric keypad.You can control which files are displayed in the depot pane. For example, you might want to restrict the list of files to display only the files for the project you’re working on, or conversely, you might want to see every file in every depot. The scope is controlled by your client specification and the view you choose for the depot pane.

The Right PaneThe right pane displays changelists, jobs, client specifications, users, labels or branch specifications. To change the display, click the corresponding toolbar button.  

The ToolbarThe P4Win toolbar contains buttons that provide shortcuts for common P4Winoperations. However, there’s a menu equivalent for every button on the toolbar. Note that buttons are gray if an operation is not available. For example, some operations require you to select a file first. If no file is selected, the button (and the corresponding menu item)are gray. Here’s what the buttons do: 


The Status PaneIn the status pane at the bottom of the screen, P4Win displays the commands it sends to the Perforce server, the results of operations, and, for some P4Win operations, lists ofinformation.  

P4Win FormsTo define changelists, users, workspaces, labels, jobs, and branches, you enter information into forms displayed by P4Win. For example, the following figure shows the changelistform.  

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Perforce Specifications | Perforce Features | Perforce Details


Perforce Specifications In addition to files, P4Win lets you manage specifications that define the following Perforce entities:


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Perforce Basic Concepts | Perforce Overview | What is Perforce ?


Perforce Basic

connects to a Perforce server to move files between Perforce depots and yourworkspace, as shown below. 

The precise definitions for these Perforce terms are as follows:depot: a file repository on the Perforce server. It contains all existing versions of all files ever submitted to the server. There can be multiple depots on a single server. Theexamples in this guide show a single depot.server: the program that executes the commands sent by client programs, maintains depot files, and tracks the state of workspaces.workspace: folders on the client computer where you work on revisions of files that are managed by Perforce.

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Introduction of p4win | p4win Overview | What is p4win?


P4Win is a Windows-Explorer-style program that helps you manage files that are stored in the Perforce software configuration management system. Using P4Win, you can view files, check them in and out, compare them, and handle conflicts that arise in team development settings. P4Win is highly configurable, and you can add custom tools to the P4Win menu to perform specialized tasks.This guide helps you get started with P4Win, and tells you how to perform the basic tasks you’re likely to want to do on the first day you start working with P4Win. For details about using P4Win, refer to its online help system: from the P4Win Help menu, choose the Help Topics menu item, or press the F1 key.

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