Helix Core Server Control (p4dctl)
The Helix Core Server Control (
p4dctl) utility enables the management of
services running on the local host.
The root user:
- is the Linux owner of the /etc/perforce/ directory, and can start and stop all services
- can configure the /etc/perforce/p4dctl.conf file to allow one or more non-root users, such as the perforce user, to start and stop certain services
p4dctl can only be obtained as part of a Linux package installation.
You use the
p4dctl utility to configure the
environment in which services run and to manage the services themselves.
The basic workflow for an administrator using the
p4dctl utility is as follows:
- Edit a configuration file that defines the environment for the services you want to control.
p4dctlcommands to start and stop services, to get information about services, and to checkpoint services.
You can use a single
p4dctl command to manage all
services or an arbitrary group of services by assigning them a common
name in the
p4dctl configuration file.
p4dctl introduces no new environment variables. It
enforces strict control of the environment of any service it starts
according to the directives in the
p4dctl.conf. This prevents failures that stem from the differences
between the user’s environment and that of
Helix environment variables:
- must be defined in the P4DCTL configuration file
- will NOT take effect if they are defined from the
perforceuser's shell environment, such as the