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Basic Perforce Administration

A. User maintenance tasks

1. Resetting passwords
2. Creating users / Deleting users / Setting user access
3. Disabling the automatic creation of users
4. Cleaning up files left open by former users

B. Administrative operations

1. Setting the server security level
2. Obliterating files to reclaim disk space
3. Editing submitted changelists
4. Verifying server integrity
5. Defining files types to control Perforce’s file type detection mechanism
6. Use of the -f flag to force operation

In perforce, There are 2 Types of authentication menthods.
1. passwords
2. tickets

Login to Perforce
> p4 login

Logout to the perforce
> p4 logout

Server security levels

Perforce superusers can configure server-wide password usage requirements, password strength enforcement, and supported methods of user/server authentication by setting
the security counter. To change the security counter, issue the command:

> p4 counter -f security seclevel

where seclevel is 0, 1, 2, or 3. After setting the counter, stop and restart the server.

  • The default security level is 0: passwords are not required, and password strength is not enforced.
  • To ensure that all users have passwords, use security level 1. Users of old client programs may still enter weak passwords.
  • To ensure that all users have strong passwords, use security level 2.
  • To require that all users have strong passwords, and to require the use of session-based authentication, use security level 3 and current Perforce client software.

Resetting user passwords

> p4 passwd username

Creating users

> p4 user -f username

Preventing creation of users

1. Create a New p4 group or existing groups
> p4 group p4users
2. Set P4 access to that Groups using
> p4 protect
and add following..
write group p4users * //…

Deleting obsolete users
> p4 user -d -f username

Reverting files left open by obsolete users

For example, if the output of p4 opened shows:
//depot/main/code/file.c#8 – edit default change (txt) by jim@stlouis
you can delete the “stlouis” client workspace specification with:
> p4 client -d -f stlouis
Deleting a client workspace specification automatically reverts all files opened in that workspace, and also removes that workspace’s “have list”.

Running from inetd on UNIX

To have p4d start up only when connections are
made to it, using inetd and p4d -i, add the following line to /etc/inetd.conf:

> p4dservice stream tcp nowait username /usr/local/bin/p4d p4d -i -rp4droot

and add the following to /etc/services:

> p4dservice nnnn/tcp

–> p4dservice is the service name you choose for this Perforce server
–> /usr/local/bin is the directory holding your p4d binary
–> p4droot is the root directory (P4DROOT) to use for this Perforce server (for example, /usr/local/p4d)
–> username is the UNIX user name to use for running this Perforce server
–> nnnn is the port number for this Perforce server to use

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