Shelving enables you to store copies of open files temporarily in the shared Perforce repository without checking them in. Shelving is useful for a variety of purposes, including taking and restoring snapshots of in-progress work and reviewing other users' code before it's checked in. When you shelve a file, a copy is placed in a pending changelist from which other users can unshelve it. Pending changelists that contain shelved files are displayed with the following icon and badge: . When the changelist is expanded, shelved files are listed under the Shelved Files node, indicated with the following icon: .
When you manage shelved files, note the following:
Alternately, you can shelve a checked-out file by dragging it from the pending changelist or depot pane to the Shelved Files node of the changelist where you want it shelved.
After shelving a file, you or another user can unshelve it, which restores the shelved copy to your workspace and opens it in the changelist of your choice. Unshelving does not remove files from the shelf.
To unshelve files in a pending changelist:
To unshelve a file that was shelved by another user, you must have permission to check out the file. When you unshelve a file that was shelved by another user, it is copied to one of your changelists, from which you can edit and submit the file.
To unshelve a file into a different branch than the one it was shelved in:
Select the way you want to map the unshelved files to the target branch:
Using Branch Mapping: Enter the branch mapping you want to use, or browse for it.
You can use any branch mapping that maps the branch the file was shelved in as either source or target. Your current workspace view must be mapped to the target.
Using Stream: Type or select the stream you want to use to unshelve.
The stream must be the child in relation to the location of the files being unshelved. For example, if the files are shelved in a mainline and you want to unshelve into a development child, you must select the development child. Likewise, if the files are shelved in the development child and you want to unshelve into the mainline, you must select the development child. This still holds true if you reuse your workspace across streams. If you are working in the mainline and shelve some files, then move your workspace to the development child, you must still specify the development child stream to unshelve.
As of Perforce Server 2013.1, you can submit shelved files directly.
Note. If there are non-shelved files along with shelved files in a pending changelist, you must first revert the non-shelved files or move them to another changelist. You cannot submit shelved files from a task stream.
To submit shelved files in a pending changelist, context-click the changelist or shelved files folder and choose Submit Shelved Files...
Shelved files remain shelved until you delete them from the pending changelist. To delete a shelved file from a pending changelist, context-click the file and choose Delete. Alternately, context-click the pending changelist and choose Delete Shelved Files...