[p4] Detecting if a client exists (cheaply)

Ivey, William william_ivey at bmc.com
Wed Feb 6 12:13:24 PST 2008

It's kind of hacky, but this will probably do it:

p4 -d bogusroot client -o clientName | grep "Root:.*bogusroot"

An existing client will ignore the current directory override
and show a real root path.


-----Original Message-----
From: perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com
[mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of Brad Holt
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 1:51 PM
To: perforce-user at perforce.com
Subject: [p4] Detecting if a client exists (cheaply)

Can't seem to find a quick way to do it.  I can dump the list and check,
but this will be part of a tool that may want to check frequently, and
for those folks on the other side of the world, this would gum up the

Running "p4 client testclient" will create a new "testclient" if it does
not exist.  Trying to delete a client that's not your will throw a
useful error either way (whether it exists or not), but if that client
is actually yours or ownerless, then you can accidentally delete it.  I
tried using "p4 client -t testclient" which was useful if the client to
use as a template did not exist, but was actually very strange if it
did.  The usual array of passed in flags (-s, -ztag, etc) yielded
nothing useful.

One of you has surely sorted this out already surely.  Gimme.

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