We mentioned snapshot views very briefly in Chapter 10, Administrative Concerns and Chapter 12, Challenges. Snapshot views were introduced with the need to support work in a temporarily disconnected environment (typically on a laptop). They were not a great conceptual creation, as they merely implemented the traditional model of sandboxes, common to the older generation version control systems, still present under the name of working copies, in, for example, subversion.
Snapshot views still require occasional connectivity, to
update them. They are registered in the ClearCase registry, and their state is published, as much as it concerns checkouts (reserved or not). Because ClearCase doesn't support a concept of private branches ...