[p4] Detecting if a client exists (cheaply)

steve at vance.com steve at vance.com
Wed Feb 6 12:58:46 PST 2008

Only existing clients have date fields (Accessed, Modified).


Original Message:
From: Brad Holt brad.holt at autodesk.com
Date: 	Wed, 6 Feb 2008 11:50:35 -0800
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 works.

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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