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

Jason Williams streak at narus.com
Fri Jun 18 14:08:58 PDT 2004


Mark Harrison wrote:

> Seriously, it's a lot better to try to find old project files if they're
> dumped into perforce than if they're sitting on people's hard drives,
> old laptops, etc.  Suggest to them to set up a dedicated part of the
> tree for this.

If there's a benefit to versioning these files (job descriptions, time
sheets, ec.), then Perforce may be useful.
But you don't get most of the benefits of Perforce if there's no need for
branching or even versioning of the files.  Using Perforce simply as a way
to store files can be accomplished much easier by setting up a file
server. (NetApp, etc.)

I've seen cases where someone unfamilar with Perforce will store different
versions of the same document as different filenames (usually with a date
embedded in the filename or directory).

--Jason




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