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

Karr, David david.karr at wamu.net
Sun Feb 17 18:57:14 PST 2008


By "check the connection info through p4exp", I assume you mean select
the "Connection Information..." right-click menu.  The info in that
dialog looks ok.  I tried navigating into different client view
directories and viewing that, and it correctly shows different
information for each client view.
 
It appears that our support contract expired a week ago (yay).


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	From: Stephen Vance [mailto:steve at vance.com] 
	Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 3:28 PM
	To: Karr, David
	Cc: Calman, Kevin; perforce-user at perforce.com
	Subject: Re: [p4] What is "Show file state icons" supposed to do
in Window sFile Explorer?
	
	
	I'd get in touch with support on this. Without detailed
conversation or hands-on, I don't have an easy suggestion. Check the
connection info through P4EXP to see if it at least has the right
settings.
	
	Steve
	
	Karr, David wrote: 

			-----Original Message-----
			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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