[p4] Moving directories to depots

Jeff Grills jgrills at drivensnow.org
Thu Oct 27 20:33:50 PDT 2005

Eh?  If you're using Unix, you're probably not using NTFS - that would be an
odd combination.  I guess it's possible, but I've never heard of anyone
running NTFS on a production unix machine.  I hope you didn't hard link to a
directory - that's typically a bad thing to do - you should use a symbolic
link for directories in Unix.
I was (mostly) joking about the X1800.  I wouldn't have refused one, but I
never actually expected one either.  As my paying job, I'm an engine and 3d
graphics programmer in game development so I can typically get my hands on
new hardware.
-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Duffus [mailto:rduffus at ati.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:05 AM
To: Jeff Grills; perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: RE: [p4] Moving directories to depots

Thanks Jeff,
I think we have found a solution. Sorry for the vagueness we are using Unix
and NTFS drives here. This happens when you are stressing out. Basically we
broke the direction on drive A, moved the data to drive B then created a
hard link back to drive A.
I think X1800 is out of stock.
Roger Duffus


From: Jeff Grills [mailto:jgrills at drivensnow.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 8:42 PM
To: Roger Duffus; perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: RE: [p4] Moving directories to depots
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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