[p4] Moving directories to depots

Jeff Grills jgrills at drivensnow.org
Wed Oct 26 17:42:00 PDT 2005

I don't think you really want to move to a depot per project - separate
local depots really aren't that useful on a single machine.  You can
certainly solve the disk space problem without resorting to multiple depots.
You didn't indicate the server platform, although you mention "drive A" so
you're likely running a Windows server, and I'll also assume you're running
on NTFS and all the file systems are local.  You should be able to move some
directories from drive A to drive B and use NTFS junction points to link
from the old directory location on drive A to the new directory location on
drive B.  You can get a tool to create junction points from
If you're using a UNIX based server platform, you can do the same thing (and
more) with UNIX symbolic links (ln -s).
While I've never personally run a server over junction points on Windows, I
have done it with UNIX symbolic links.  The two are basically equivalent
when dealing with directories, so I can't imagine you'd have any problems.
You might consider contacting support, though, and ask them.
I could use a new X1800 while you're at it...
-----Original Message-----
From: perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com
[mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of Roger Duffus
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:32 AM
To: perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: [p4] Moving directories to depots

We have a bit of a problem here.  We have a depot sitting on drive A which
is almost full. It consists of several projects. We want to move to a one
depot per project situation on drive B. I want to move some directories from
A and make them depots in B. How can I do this? I need to recover some space
on drive A because the remaining projects are growing yet still maintain the
links. Is there a way to do this?
My initial thought was to integrate the directories from A to new depots in
B. Then obliterate the old data from A. I was told that the data would not
be removed from A if there were some branches/integrations to it. This will
not help our drive situation at all. Comments?
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