Friday, December 18, 2009

p4 shelve

Perforce version 2009.2 is now out in beta, and it contains a very interesting new feature: shelving.

Laura Wingerd gave a fairly high-level introduction to shelving in her blog post:

You can cache your modified files on the server, without having to check them in as a versioned change. For teams, shelving makes code reviews and code handoffs possible. Individuals can use shelving for multi-tasking, code shunting, incremental snapshots, and safety nets.

The new commands are p4 shelve and p4 unshelve, and the blog post explains a bit of the workflow involved in using these commands to accomplish the various new scenarios.

I think it's going to take a bit of time to become comfortable with the new commands and how to use them, but I'm looking forward to getting this feature installed and available so I can start to learn more about it!

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