[p4] Installer enhancement request

Greg Whitfield g.whitfield at computer.org
Fri Nov 10 14:25:07 PST 2006

It'll be great if the issues I saw have been fixed - to be honest I have not
risked recent releases of it. I always liked the idea of P4EXP -
particularly for those uses just using it for document management rather
than source code - but the frustrations of deployment made it more hassle
than it was worth. 

I may ask for volunteers/guinea pigs :)

The problem was that it did not affect all machines in any case. I may need
a reasonably large number of people to give it a go again.


-----Original Message-----
From: perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com
[mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of Ivey, William
Sent: 10 November 2006 21:01
To: perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: Re: [p4] Installer enhancement request

> -----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

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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