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When learning a new VCS drives you crazy: Plastic SCM indicating it cannot undo changes, but not providing an alternative

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/07/25

User experiences like this drives me crazy, this time in Plastic SCM, when you try to get the most recent files on a branch/label/changeset after you made some changes:

So you go to the pending changes, see it involves additions and you see a big “Undo changes” button that fails to work:

  • 8 of 8 items selected
  • plastic insisting there are none

The undocumented “secret” is at the end of the messages “added and private items” cannot be undone. You have to manually “delete” them, which the message does not tell you.

Of course there is no “Delete” entry in the toolbar. There is no “Delete” entry in the local menu either.

You have to know that you

  • can do “Delete” by using the keyboard,
  • after first manually selecting all the entries in the treeview (so they get blue, which is different than having checkmarks).

How is that for a lack of user-experience?


This is on a version 6 client with a version 6 server.

Later I found out this bit on versioning, which I totally did not expect, as it does not match semantic versioning:

Version numbering

Starting in Plastic SCM 4.0 the version numbering schema has been modified:

  • major.minor.compatibility.buildnumber
  • Sample: means:
    • 5 -> major release number
    • 0 -> minor release number
    • 44 -> compatibility -> all clients and servers with “44” in the compat number are compatible, even if the build number changes
    • 511 -> internal build number

So I have tried to to switch from

using the download at to

with no difference.


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