[p4] Use "workspace" instead of "client"

Karr, David david.karr at cacheflow.com
Tue Oct 23 08:44:16 PDT 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arnt Gulbrandsen [mailto:arnt at gulbrandsen.priv.no]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 8:24 AM
> To: Chris Patti
> Cc: perforce-user at perforce.com
> Subject: Re: [p4] Use "workspace" instead of "client"
> Chris Patti <cpatti at atg.com>
> > I have never, ever encountered the term 'sandbox' being 
> used as anything 
> > other than the local directory/area where developers work 
> on files that are 
> > checked in/out from source control.
> > 
> > If you can find an instance of someone using it otherwise, 
> I'd be pleased 
> > to see it.

Unfortunately, the convention i've seen is that a developer's "sandbox" is a
"client view" of the "sandbox" depot, which we use as an intermediate
checkin depot.  After changes are checked into the "sandbox" depot and
tested, they are manually merged back to the main depot (since Perforce
can't merge across depots).  I dislike this setup, but I can understand why
they do it.

Personally, I've always liked the term we used when using ClearCase, which
was simply a "view".  That represents the user's personal "virtual" checkout
area.  It doesn't directly correspond to an area of the disk, as individual
ClearCase views can be used from more than one system.

I am certain, however, that the term "client" isn't very good.

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