[p4] Installer enhancement request

Ivey, William william_ivey at bmc.com
Fri Nov 10 13:01:06 PST 2006

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Greg Whitfield [mailto:g.whitfield at computer.org]
> Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 2:44 PM
> The performance hit I have seen with P4EXP was not anything 
> to do with the
> server. It is all client PC side - the mere presence of the 
> plugin can cause
> a PC's File Explorer to suck up a huge amount of resource. 
> Sometimes it
> would take several minutes just to open an explorer.
> This does not occur on all PC's, but I never managed to isolate the
> differences between machines where it was OK and those that 
> were badly hit.
> There could well be some interaction with other plugins or 
> services, or
> perhaps just down to how a user operates his PC. Certainly 
> the one common
> cure was to remove P4EXP.
> We also had really bad problems if ever there was a glitch in 
> the link to
> the Perforce server. If that ever happened, then the chances 
> were your PC
> would become unusable.

I recall seeing some of these issues a while back, but it's been
some time. I've got a late model p4exp installed on three machines
right here and it seems fine. (I assume it is using some reasources,
but I don't notice any hits.)

I don't always have p4exp logged in, so that may be part of it.
But even when it is logged in, and I'm in a directory it's 
interested in, it seems to play nicely. (On two Windows 2k, one
XP machine. One of the Win 2Ks is a really old PII at 600 MHz,

It seems to me it used to try to check the status of every file
from the current directory down, and now it settles for only the
current directory.

For fun, I just pulled the network cable out of one machine and
the only difference is that the status icons aren't appearing
any more. It tolerates an outright disconnect very well, it seems.


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