[p4] Reasons not to allow adding junk files to Perforce

Jeff Younker jyounker at ofoto.com
Fri Jun 18 12:04:30 PDT 2004


Re:  Reasons not to add stuff.   Number two and number four were weak.
 
2. Timesheets are definitely something I'd like to have in a repository, just so I
can find them by date.   Useful for both sides in labor disputes.
 
4. Job descriptions are definitely assets if you have an HR lawsuit, and you need
to have a dated revisions around. 
 
I've worked with legal data management firms in the past, and they made
a very good living at providing (for paper documents) what a good revision
control system would have provided.   (Another name for revision control
systems is 'Document Management Systems')
 
Imagine having to suddenly make several *tens of thousands* of 'one
use' documents over a period of years searchable by date and a brief
comment.  That's really hard.
 
[Several dozen file cabinets full of documents.  One system admin, three
managers, a recruiter, two dozen 'coders'.  The coders are the people
locating dates from the documents, attaching a sequence code, and
entering brief descriptions in the database.  Eight to twelve hours a day,
five days a week, for a month.   And that's an average job.  The firm
did nothing but this.  Oh.  And they printed sequenced labels for other
firms that did this sort of work.]
 
-jeff
 
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