A Clearcase view can be assigned to a drive letter like a network drive. There is a "share from Clearcase" option which allows links from one VOB to another VOB. You should not allow Clearcase to auto merge any "resource.h" file from VC++. Clearcase cannot correctly detect some conflicts with this file. When adding files to Clearcase, you must check out the parent directory first.
There are a number of files that you should not add to Clearcase. In general the files that should not be added are those that are generated by the IDE. These files can have extensions such as .aps, .bsc, .clw, .dll, .exe, .exp, .lib, .ncb, .obj, .opt, .pch, .pdb, .res, and .tlb. The full list is extensive. But following the rule of not checking in generated files is usually sufficient.
Clearcase also integrates with other Microsoft tools such as Visual Basic. However I work exclusively with Visual C++ so I will not go into this integration.
The cleartool command starts the command line interface tool. It has an extensive set of commands. It operates in two modes: single command mode and interactive prompt mode. With the single command mode, you type "clearcase
Commands as well as arguments have abbreviations. Here are some additional properties of the single command mode of the CLI:
- The command is first processed by the command shell
- The command shell expands environment variables
- The C run time library interprets quotes to delimit arguments
- The Clearcase commands expand special characters such as the asterisk (*)
Clearcase commands return 0 for success, and a non-zero for errors.