[p4] Changing file case in perforce, using a windows server

Robert Cowham robert at vizim.com
Thu Aug 12 14:24:47 PDT 2010

I did this for a client - they had many tens of thousands of files in the
main branch, and many branches - anything involving deletes and re-adds was
a non-starter.

The approach was to create a dummy changelist on the files needing
re-casing, and then to change the journal records so that particular entries
had their case fixed (and change entries to start with @rv at . We then
replayed the new journal into the server and all was well :) 

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:perforce-user-bounces at perforce.com] On Behalf Of 
> Szabo, Norbert
> Sent: 12 August 2010 09:20
> To: perforce-user at perforce.com
> Subject: [p4] Changing file case in perforce, using a windows server
> Hi,
> I am sure we are not the first team facing this problem - we 
> would like to change the case of a few folders in our depots.
> At the moment the cases of our files and folders are a bit 
> all over the place, we came up a beautiful naming convention 
> to sort it out but we faced some issues when trying to use 
> the "move/rename" feature in p4 - it give us an error message 
> saying something along the lines of "the file already exists".
> Just to give you an example, we would like to rename "Layers" 
> to "layers". 
> I am aware of this knowledge base article:
> http://kb.perforce.com/article/850/changing-file-case
> It is proposing deleting and re-adding files with the new 
> case which sounds like a bit of a hack... Like making 
> integrations to this branch non trivial and also, forcing 
> everybody to get rid or their local copies and getting latest again.
> Sounds like a lot of hassle for a simple rename operation...
> I am wondering do you guys had any success in the past 
> tackling this problem? I am thinking along the lines of doing 
> some server-side search&replace/rename operations. I know it 
> can be very dangerous so I would only consider it if you are 
> aware of a reasonably trivial solution.
> Thanks in advance!
> Norbert Szabo
> Bizarre Creations Ltd.
> Ps: And please, do not propose to move our server to Linux. Cheers! :)
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