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Where to find or how to install pCLI?

I'm working for a company where some old version of PVCS Version Manager is still in use for some old products.

I would like to automate some stuff and would like to access the repositories from the command line. According to all documentation there should be a tool pcli.exe that would do the job, but I can't find this exe... I located an old cd-rom and installed PVCS Version Manager (5.3.00 Build 06) and Toolkit (v5.3.00 Build 09) from it, but the pcli.exe doesn't seem to be part of the installer.

Where can I find (and install) it?

  • Suggested Answer

    Hallo Sjoerd,

    PCLI was first introduced in PVCS Version Manager 6.5.00. The software you found is quite a bit older, so you'll have to use its Command Line Interface (CLI) commands like get.exe, put.exe, vcs.exe, vlog.exe, etc. These are documented in the Command Line Reference Guide.

    The legacy CLI interface continues to be part of current Version Manger releases, in addition the newer PCLI interface, largely so legacy automation can be used with minimal to no changes. It's not every day you see 25+ year old software still being used in production :-)

    I hope this information is helpful to you. If you get stuck, you could always consider upgrading to a current release.

    Met vriendelijke groet / with kind regards,

    - Richard.

  • Hi Richard, thank you for your answer.

    I will try to figure it out with the *.exe files you mentioned. Put and get seems to be clear, but vcs and vlog will need some experimenting. I found an old book with a refenrece guid (PVCS VM 5.1) that will probably help. :-)

  • Hi Sjoerd,

    Best of luck! If the usage stumps you, you could consider posting a question. While an answer can't be guaranteed due to the version you are on, the backward compatibility design goal for the CLI interface should allow many of today's options to still be relevant.

    Kind regards,

    - Richard..