[p4] Archiving a depot?

Stephen Vance steve at vance.com
Mon Aug 27 18:30:17 PDT 2007

You could always mark the depot for "list" permissions in the protection 
table and archive it off. It might be cheaper and easier to just get a 
very large disk to back up to.


Jeff Desharnais wrote:
> Hello,
> We currently have quite a lot of projects and depots on our Perforce
> server.
> While we are still okay on hard drive space, we would like to archive
> some of our older depots and remove them from Perforce. Our motivation
> is mainly that we can no longer fit all our depots onto a single backup
> tape.
> My frist question is:
> Are there any negatives to having many depots on the same server? I know
> the more depots viewed by a client can produce more server load from
> requests and fstats, but is there any other negative with having "too
> many" depots?
> Second, and most important question:
> Is there a process for archiving/backing up a depot that will allow us
> to remove it from Perforce but still plug it back in if the need arises?
> We would love to be able to take one of our depots offline... back it up
> and remove it from the server but still be able to bring it back with
> all it's revisions and so on. Is this possible and if so how?
> Thanks for any help,
> Jeff
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Stephen Vance

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