Introducing the core Perforce concepts

This section introduces the core Perforce concepts and the contexts they apply to.


Depot is a word that you will frequently see within this book, Perforce documentation, and in the P4V interface. In general, it refers to a directory structure that the server uses to store the historic content of files.

The repository that the server manages consists of one or more depots. Each depot has a unique name. A depot acts like a hierarchical file system containing folders and files. It is very common for a repository to have multiple depots. Creating depots is an administrator function.


The word depot is sometimes used to mean the repository, and sometimes to mean a particular depot within the repository. ...

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