How to Add a Grep Command to Search Your Helix Core Depot
If you’ve ever found yourself searching for lines of code in your Helix Core (P4D) depot, you’re probably familiar with the p4 grep command. p4 grep is exactly what you’d expect from a grep command – an easy way to search for regular expressions.
There’s an extension point in Helix Visual Client (P4V) in the form of Custom Tools. Custom Tools are the glue between selecting items in P4V and passing them as arguments to external programs. This lets you create menu items and tighten your workflow experience without ever leaving the application.
How to Add a P4 Grep Command as a Custom Tool in P4V
If you use P4V on Linux, you can have the p4 grep functionality at your fingertips by adding it as a Custom Tool. Let’s go through the steps.
- Install the Helix Command-Line Client (P4) on your local machine.
- In P4V, click on “Tools" then "Manage Custom Tools”
- In the Manage Custom Tools dialog, click on “New" then "Tool”
- Enter the information as follows:
- Name: p4 grep
- Application: /path/to/p4
- Arguments: grep -n -e $D %D
- Check the “Run tool in terminal window” option
- Check the “Prompt user for arguments” option
- Description: File pattern
Using the P4 Grep Command
Now, when you right click a file in your workspace directory, there will be a new menu item named “p4 grep.”
Clicking on it will bring up a prompt for the file pattern.
After you input the string of interest, a new window will reveal the results of the p4 grep command.
Using the Grep Command to Search for Content in Your Perforce Depot
Using the p4 grep command is a great way to search for content in a Helix Core depot. If you don’t want to use command line utilities, there are many ways you can extend P4V using Custom Tools. This is one easy way to add functionality and have the power of the p4 grep command without leaving the comfort of P4V.