May 23, 2012

Using P4SandBox for 3 Weeks or So

I have been using P4SandBox for 3 weeks or so, and I'm pretty happy with it. The private repo is great: creating new streams(read it as branches) and switching between them are fast. (It internally uses shelving, of course)  So streams almost work as branches + automatic shelving.

One bug I found:

  • If you MANUALLY shelve in a stream, you won't be able to unshelve it!  So currently I'm not doing any manual shelving in a stream: Instead, I keep creating a new stream if I need to shelve what I've been working on and start to work on something else. By the way, it works fine in the traditional central-controlled scheme with no P4SandBox involved.
One annoyance I found:
  • When you copy/merge, (it's basically push/pull in Git) it doesn't propagate change histories. Perforce said the next version will have this feature implemented


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