[p4] What is "Show file state icons" supposed to do in Window sFile Explorer?

Karr, David david.karr at wamu.net
Sun Feb 17 11:23:41 PST 2008


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> From: perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com 
> [mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of Calman, Kevin
> Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 10:57 AM
> To: perforce-user at perforce.com
> Subject: Re: [p4] What is "Show file state icons" supposed to 
> do in Window sFile Explorer?
> 
> In my experience, the P4 Explorer integration does not pay 
> attention to changes in environment made after is invoked (at 
> boot time), so P4CONFIG,
> 'p4 set ...', and other changes to the environment are 
> ineffective. The only way I know of to change its effective 
> client setting is via selecting a client specification as 
> "Default" in P4Win, so that it is decorated with the red 
> arrowhead to the lower left of the icon in the Clients view.

That's unfortunate.  However, the client view I'm looking at is my
default client, so this still doesn't explain why it isn't working.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com on behalf of Karr, David
> Sent: Sun 2/17/2008 12:18 PM
> To: Stephen Vance
> Cc: perforce-user at perforce.com
> Subject: Re: [p4] What is "Show file state icons" supposed to 
> do in Windows
> File	Explorer?
>  
> I have a global environment variable P4CONFIG set to 
> ".p4env".  In the root of the client view, I have a file 
> named ".p4env" which defines the P4CLIENT, P4PORT, P4USER, 
> and P4PASSWD properties.  I tried to view files in Windows 
> Explorer in subdirectories of the client view root.  Is there 
> anything else I would have to have set up in order for this to work?
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> 
> 	From: Stephen Vance [mailto:steve at vance.com] 
> 	Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:42 AM
> 	To: Karr, David
> 	Cc: pnj at ravenbrook.com; perforce-user at perforce.com
> 	Subject: Re: [p4] What is "Show file state icons" 
> supposed to do in Windows File Explorer?
> 	
> 	
> 	P4EXP won't know what client workspace it is unless you 
> have a P4CONFIG set or the P4CLIENT set in the environment or 
> registry.
> 	
> 	Steve
> 	
> 	Karr, David wrote: 
> 
> 			-----Original Message-----
> 			From: Peter Jackson [mailto:pnj at ravenbrook.com] 
> 			Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 12:28 AM
> 			To: Karr, David
> 			Cc: perforce-user at perforce.com
> 			Subject: Re: [p4] What is "Show file 
> state icons" supposed to 
> 			do in Windows File Explorer?
> 			
> 			It does cause file icons to be 
> decorated with Perforce 
> 			information using the same conventions as P4WIN.
> 			
> 			It will only do this to files that are 
> part of the Perforce 
> 			workspace that it knows about, so 
> perhaps you don't have that 
> 			set up yet.
> 			    
> 
> 		
> 		By workspace, I assume you mean "client view".  
> This client view has
> 		been "set up" for a long time now, and I've 
> tried to view numerous files
> 		in Windows Explorer that have been checked in 
> for quite a while, and it
> 		isn't showing anything in the file icons.
> 		
> 		  
> 
> 			The icons will also not appear if your 
> workspace is 
> 			incorrectly formed. 
> 			   In particular, if your ROOT field in 
> the workspace is 
> 			formed with forward slashes instead of 
> backslashes (an easy 
> 			mistake for some to
> 			make) then the icon decorations won't show.
> 			    
> 
> 		
> 		By the "ROOT field", do you mean the value that 
> I entered in the text
> 		box with the label "Restrict the Explorer 
> plug-in to the following
> 		folders. Type one path per line. Each line 
> should begin with a drive
> 		letter."?  When I saw this text box, I clicked 
> the "Add Client Root to
> 		Filter" button, and that inserted a correct 
> backslash path to the client
> 		root.
> 		
> 		Any other ideas?
> 		
> 		  
> 
> 			Karr, David wrote:
> 			    
> 
> 				In looking at the Perforce 
> context menu on file elements in Windows 
> 				File Explorer, I noticed the 
> Preferences option "Show file state 
> 				icons".  I can't figure out 
> what this is supposed to do.  
> 				      
> 
> 			It would be 
> 			    
> 
> 				intriguing if it decorated the file
> icons in Windows File Explorer 
> 				with some information, but it 
> doesn't appear to do that if 
> 				      
> 
> 			I turn it 
> 			    
> 
> 				on, or perhaps I have to do 
> something else with that.
> 				
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