Perforce Revert Shows “file(s) not opened on this client”

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Question Description

I’m trying to open an existing Perforce application. I made some local changes, like deleting files, which I want to undo (that is, I want my local copy to exactly match the repository once more — delete added files, restore deleted files, and undo changes).

When I try to revert using the p4v gui client, I see this error:

 file(s) not opened on this client

What am I doing wrong?

I did manage to revert all the changed files, but not the added/removed files.

Edit: I did the following:

  • Connect to a Perforce server using p4v
  • Map a directory to my local file system (lets say C:\Perforce)
  • Get the latest version of the repository
  • Go to C:\Perforce in Windows Explorer
  • Delete some files and folders
  • Add some files and folders

I would like to get back to the “pristine” state, the copy of exactly what’s on the server when I got the latest version of the repository for the first time.

Practice As Follows

By the looks of the edited description you added and deleted files directly on the filesystem and not through perforce. Therefore Perforce doesn’t know anything about those changes so there is nothing to revert. Typically when you want to add a file you use ‘p4 add” (or the equivalent p4v operation), and when you delete, you should use ‘p4 delete’ (or again, the equivalent p4v operation).

Really, the best option to get back to a pristine state is to nuke the local copy of the code in c:\perforce (in windows explorer), go to p4v, right click the area you want to sync, and choose “Get Revision…” and in the subsequent dialog, make sure that the “force operation” checkbox is checked. This will tell Perforce that you want a new copy of everything regardless of whether you had it synced or not.

You can also run “reconcile offline work” in p4v. Right click the depot area and choose that option. It will scan through the local folder structure and give you a report of what files have been added that don’t exist in perforce, what files were deleted, and what files were modified. From that dialog, you can right click on local files that don’t exist in perforce and delete them, or you can ‘p4 add’ them. You can also sync deleted files.


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