Integrating with Perforce

Installing the Perforce Plug-In

To install the Perforce Version Control plug-in, follow these steps:

Click the "Add" button to enter the Plug-in details page. The fields required are as follows:

Verify that you are in the correct project using the drop-down at top, and click on the "Project Settings" link for the PerforceProvider. You will get a screen listing all the same configuration settings:

Using Perforce with SpiraTeam

While being able to browse the source code repository can be useful in itself, the real strength comes from linking artifacts in SpiraTeam - including Incidents, Requirements, and Tasks - to revisions checked into the software repository.

Viewing the Repository Tree

View the source code tree by selecting the "Source Code" link under the Tracking tab. You will get a screen similar to:

The folder tree of the repository is on the left, and files in the current selected directory will be listed in the right table. Note that this view will always show the current (HEAD) changelist of the depot. The file view will display the filename, the current change number of the file, the author of the last change, and the date of the last change. You can filter and sort on any of the columns, as well.

Viewing File Details

To view the file details, click on a file in the right-hand side of the screen. The file details page displays the details on the selected file. By default, it will be the HEAD change, unless you clicked to view the file details from a change. By clicking on the file name, you can download the specified change version of the file to your local machine. This does not open the file on the depot; you are merely downloading the file to your local machine.

Underneath the file's details is a list of all the changes that this file was changed in, who performed the change, and the log message for the change. Throughout SpiraTeam, changes are indicated by the Revision

icon.

Change Details

By clicking on a change in SpiraTeam, you will be taken to the changelist details page:

The revision details screen shows the log for the change, the change date and author. At the bottom of the page are two tabs, Files and Associations. The Files tab lists all files that were a part of this change, with their full path and the action that was performed on them for this change. Possible values are Added, Modified, Deleted, or Other.

The Associations tab shows any artifact (Incident, Requirement, Test Case, Test Set) that the log message references. See Linking Artifacts for information on how to link a revision with a Perforce change:

Linking Artifacts

Linking an artifact is quite simple. To maintain the readability of Subversion's change messages, we adopted a bracket token. The token is in the format of:

[<artifact identifier>:<artifact id>]

The first half, the Artifact Identifier, is a two-letter code that is used throughout SpiraTeam, and is visible on almost every page in the application. For example, a requirement's identifier is "RQ". Incidents are "IN", and test cases are "TC". The artifact ID is the number of the artifact. So by creating a change message that reads:

SpiraTeam will automatically detect tokens and will include links to them under the Associations tab for a revision detail.

Troubleshooting

While integration with Perforce is rather complex, as a user you will only receive a couple of errors that will prevent the integration from working: