[p4] Backups interrupting Perforce?

Jeff Desharnais jdesharnais at maddocsoftware.com
Tue Nov 7 09:17:55 PST 2006

We are having an issue here where our assets are growing larger and
larger and thus our backup times (LTO tape) are increasing.

Because of this, we are actually having the backup process creep into
the mornings at times, where developers are starting their work day.

When this happens, we are noticing hangups of Perforce as the backup
finishes up.

Obviously, this is something we want to prevent.

We are currently backing up all of P4ROOT with the exception of the db.*
files. We are also backing up the actual depot folders on the other

I suppose my question is twofold.

1) What backup procedures are recommended for backing up Perforce and
the assets? Any suggestions or common practices you could share?

2) If what we are doing is the recommended way, are the hangups expected
and are they avoidable?


Jeff Desharnais
IT Specialist
Mad Doc Software
100 Burtt Rd., Suite 220
Andover, MA  01810
(978) 409-6272 Ext. 132

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