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#1 Ian P

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:05 PM

Hi,

After a long time of resistance, I've finally been persuaded to move from p4win to p4v. There is some good stuff in p4v, but much that I liked about p4win I am missing. The main thing that I liked in particular about p4win was its ability to quickly and easily navigate through miscellaneous changelists, and I can't find any equivalent functionality in p4v:

1. If I want to see changelist #nnnnnn, how do I do that in p4v? I know the change number, but there is no way that I can find to enter that number somewhere and view the changelist. This seems so basic and elementary that I feel I must be missing something obvious, but I've search and searched and can't see an obvious way to do it. Even the filters on the submitted changelist tab don't allow filtering on particular changelist numbers. I know that I can do it on the command line with "p4 describe nnnnnn" but I just can't work out how to do the same in p4v.

2. I really liked the changelist "hyper-links" that p4win would insert into a changelist description, so long as the proper format was used in the text ("Changelist nnnnnn "). Is there any chance we could get something like that in p4v so that simply clicking or double-clicking on a changelist number would bring up a "view changelist" option?

Ian

#2 mjanulewicz

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:50 PM

For the first question, CTL+G (Go to) which will allow you to search for just about any type of item. Also available from the Search menu.

For the second one I'd put in a enhancement request to support. I don't think I've ever seen a link parsed in a changelist in P4V.


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Hi,

After a long time of resistance, I've finally been persuaded to move from
p4win to p4v. There is some good stuff in p4v, but much that I liked about p4win
I am missing. The main thing that I liked in particular about p4win was its
ability to quickly and easily navigate through miscellaneous changelists, and I
can't find any equivalent functionality in p4v:

1. If I want to see changelist #nnnnnn, how do I do that in p4v? I know the
change number, but there is no way that I can find to enter that number
somewhere and view the changelist. This seems so basic and elementary that I
feel I must be missing something obvious, but I've search and searched and
can't see an obvious way to do it. Even the filters on the submitted
changelist tab don't allow filtering on particular changelist numbers. I
know that I can do it on the command line with "p4 describe nnnnnn"
but I just can't work out how to do the same in p4v.

2. I really liked the changelist "hyper-links" that p4win would insert
into a changelist description, so long as the proper format was used in the text
("Changelist nnnnnn "). Is there any chance we could get something
like that in p4v so that simply clicking or double-clicking on a changelist
number would bring up a "view changelist" option?

Ian



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#3 Gabor Maghera

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:05 AM

Try control-g (command-g on OS X).

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Posted on behalf of forum user 'Ian P'.

Hi,

After a long time of resistance, I've finally been persuaded to move from
p4win to p4v. There is some good stuff in p4v, but much that I liked about
p4win
I am missing. The main thing that I liked in particular about p4win was its
ability to quickly and easily navigate through miscellaneous changelists,
and I
can't find any equivalent functionality in p4v:

1. If I want to see changelist #nnnnnn, how do I do that in p4v? I know the
change number, but there is no way that I can find to enter that number
somewhere and view the changelist. This seems so basic and elementary that
I
feel I must be missing something obvious, but I've search and searched and
can't see an obvious way to do it. Even the filters on the submitted
changelist tab don't allow filtering on particular changelist numbers. I
know that I can do it on the command line with "p4 describe nnnnnn"
but I just can't work out how to do the same in p4v.

2. I really liked the changelist "hyper-links" that p4win would insert
into a changelist description, so long as the proper format was used in
the text
("Changelist nnnnnn "). Is there any chance we could get something
like that in p4v so that simply clicking or double-clicking on a changelist
number would bring up a "view changelist" option?

Ian



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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:50 PM

Ian, for the second, would a custom tool with the argument " describe %c
" meet your needs? I have users who like being able to copy the
description and the diff and this makes it easy for 'em.

Teresa

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Posted on behalf of forum user 'Ian P'.

Hi,

After a long time of resistance, I've finally been persuaded to move
from p4win to p4v. There is some good stuff in p4v, but much that I
liked about p4win I am missing. The main thing that I liked in
particular about p4win was its ability to quickly and easily navigate
through miscellaneous changelists, and I can't find any equivalent
functionality in p4v:

1. If I want to see changelist #nnnnnn, how do I do that in p4v? I know
the change number, but there is no way that I can find to enter that
number somewhere and view the changelist. This seems so basic and
elementary that I feel I must be missing something obvious, but I've
search and searched and can't see an obvious way to do it. Even the
filters on the submitted changelist tab don't allow filtering on
particular changelist numbers. I know that I can do it on the command
line with "p4 describe nnnnnn"
but I just can't work out how to do the same in p4v.

2. I really liked the changelist "hyper-links" that p4win would insert
into a changelist description, so long as the proper format was used in
the text ("Changelist nnnnnn "). Is there any chance we could get
something like that in p4v so that simply clicking or double-clicking on
a changelist number would bring up a "view changelist" option?

Ian



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#5 p4steph

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:20 PM

To quickly access a changelist try using Ctrl+G 

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Ian, for the second, would a custom tool with the argument " describe %c
" meet your needs? I have users who like being able to copy the
description and the diff and this makes it easy for 'em.

Teresa

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Posted on behalf of forum user 'Ian P'.

Hi,

After a long time of resistance, I've finally been persuaded to move
from p4win to p4v. There is some good stuff in p4v, but much that I
liked about p4win I am missing. The main thing that I liked in
particular about p4win was its ability to quickly and easily navigate
through miscellaneous changelists, and I can't find any equivalent
functionality in p4v:

1. If I want to see changelist #nnnnnn, how do I do that in p4v? I know
the change number, but there is no way that I can find to enter that
number somewhere and view the changelist. This seems so basic and
elementary that I feel I must be missing something obvious, but I've
search and searched and can't see an obvious way to do it. Even the
filters on the submitted changelist tab don't allow filtering on
particular changelist numbers. I know that I can do it on the command
line with "p4 describe nnnnnn"
but I just can't work out how to do the same in p4v.

2. I really liked the changelist "hyper-links" that p4win would insert
into a changelist description, so long as the proper format was used in
the text ("Changelist nnnnnn "). Is there any chance we could get
something like that in p4v so that simply clicking or double-clicking on
a changelist number would bring up a "view changelist" option?

Ian



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#6 Ian P

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for all the pointers to Ctrl-G. Would've been nice had it been referenced in the help on searching for "view changelist" or "describe changelist". They took me to a "Working with changelists" page that has no mention of this.

For the 2nd one, a custom tool wouldn't really cut it because the whole point of the inter-changelist hyper links in p4win was for easy one-click navigation. What I would typically use it for is when a change has been integrated numerous times from branch to branch to branch and I want to find where the original was made, then so long as the text in the changelists was entered correctly ("Integrated Changelist nnnnnn ...") to get the hyperlinks, its just click, click, click and you are back to the original one.

But now that I know about it, using Ctrl-G, although not so quick and easy, is actually a reasonably OK way to do the same. Double click the changelist number, then type Ctrl-C, Ctrl-G, Ctrl-V and you have a quick link to the changelist.  :rolleyes:

And note that the file revision graph should be another way to achieve what I described above, but our source tree is so big and complex that it is pretty much impossible to navigate in there.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

I still think you're on the right track with the revision graph. I'd look into it deeper. You can have filters to show only direct ancestors and descendants of a file. Plus a few other things that filters out the cruft. Check out the 'Highlight' menu.

You can also view branch actions/trees in the History tab of the main P4V GUI.


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Thanks for all the pointers to Ctrl-G. Would've been nice had it been
referenced in the help on searching for "view changelist" or
"describe changelist". They took me to a "Working with
changelists" page that has no mention of this.

For the 2nd one, a custom tool wouldn't really cut it because the whole
point of the inter-changelist hyper links in p4win was for easy one-click
navigation. What I would typically use it for is when a change has been
integrated numerous times from branch to branch to branch and I want to find
where the original was made, then so long as the text in the changelists was
entered correctly ("Integrated Changelist nnnnnn ...") to get the
hyperlinks, its just click, click, click and you are back to the original one.

But now that I know about it, using Ctrl-G, although not so quick and easy, is
actually a reasonably OK way to do the same. Double click the changelist number,
then type Ctrl-C, Ctrl-G, Ctrl-V and you have a quick link to the changelist.
:rolleyes:

And note that the file revision graph should be another way to achieve what I
described above, but our source tree is so big and complex that it is pretty
much impossible to navigate in there.



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#8 Ian P

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:39 AM

I just downloaded p4v version 2012.2, and I see that changelist hyper-links have appeared. I don't know if that was provoked by this thread, but thank you :D




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