p4 job

Create or edit an instance of a job, such as a defect or enhancement request.


p4 [g-opts] job [-f] [jobName]
p4 [g-opts] job -d jobName
p4 [g-opts] job -o [jobName]
p4 [g-opts] job -i [-f]

Syntax conventions


A job is a written-language description of work that needs to be performed on files in the depot. It might be a description of a bug (for instance, "the scroll mechanism is not working correctly") or an enhancement request (for instance, "please add a flag that forces a certain operation to occur") or anything else requiring a change to some files under Helix Server control.

Jobs are similar to changelist descriptions in that they both describe changes to the system as arbitrary text, but whereas changelist descriptions describe completed work, jobs tell developers what work needs to be done.

Jobs are created and edited in forms displayed by p4 job. The user enters the textual description of the job into the form, along with information such as the severity of the bug, the developer to whom the bug is assigned, and so on. Because the Helix Server superuser can change the fields in the job form with p4 jobspec, the fields that make up a job may vary from one Helix Server installation to another.

When p4 job is called with no arguments, a new job named jobNNNNNN is created, where NNNNNN is a sequential six-digit number. You can change the job’s name within the form before quitting the editor. If p4 job is called with a jobname argument, a job of that name is created; if that job already exists, it is edited.

Once a job has been created, you can link the job to the changelist(s) that fix the job with p4 fix, p4 change, or p4 submit. When a job is linked to a changelist, under most circumstances the job’s status is set to closed. (See Usage Notes for more information).

Form Fields

These are the fields as found in the default job form. Because the fields that describe a job can be changed by the Helix Server superuser, the form you see at your site may vary.

Field Name Type Description



The job’s name. For a new job, this is new. When the form is closed, this is replaced with the name jobNNNNNN, where NNNNNN is the next six-digit number in the job numbering sequence.

You can change the text in this field.

Be aware of the Limitations on characters in filenames and entities.


Writable Value

The value of this field must be open, closed, or suspended. When the job is linked to a changelist, the value of this field is set to closed when the changelist is submitted.



The name of the user who created the job.



The date the job was modified.



An arbitrary text description of the job.


-d jobname

Delete job jobname, but only if it has no associated pending or submitted fixes.


Force option. Allows Helix Server administrators to edit read-only fields.


Read the job form from standard input without invoking an editor.


Write the job form to standard output without invoking an editor.


See Global options.

Usage Notes

Can File Arguments Use Revision Specifier? Can File Arguments Use Revision Range? Minimal Access Level Required




  • If the Helix Server superuser has eliminated field ID# 102 (the Status: field) with p4 jobspec, Helix Server is unable to close jobs when the changelists to which they are linked are submitted. See the p4 jobspec command and Customizing Helix Server: job specifications in the Helix Core Server Administrator Guide .
  • After a job has been created or changed, Helix Server indexes the job so that p4 jobs -e can locate the job quickly. The index keys are word, fieldname where word is a case-insensitive alphanumeric word. Values in date fields are stored as the number of seconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00.


p4 job

Create a new job; by default, its name is of the form jobNNNNNN.

p4 job job000135

Edit job job000135.