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IBM Rational ClearCase 7.0: Master the Tools That Monitor, Analyze, and Manage Software Configurations by Tatiana Shpichko, Marc Girod

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Chapter 9. Secondary Metadata

We have seen two kinds of ClearCase objects:

  • mvfs objects (elements and derived objects—let's say files)
  • Metadata (label and branch types and instances)

ClearCase database are clearly structured (indexed) towards designing the first ones as the first class citizens.

This can be felt with the way in which queries about the former are faster than (non-trivial) queries concerning the latter.

We may notice that in recent releases of ClearCase, the find command has been extended to support searching for arbitrary objects (not only files), and thus also for metadata and types. So far in our experience, the efficiency for the latter has been the same as this of lstype, and the expressive power of the supported queries is still ...

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