The New Stream and Change Stream Commands

The New Stream and Change Stream commands open a Stream Configuration dialog in which you specify/revise the configuration of a new/existing stream.

Invoking the Command

In the StreamBrowser, right-click a stream to select it and display its context menu. Then,

  • Choose New Stream from the context menu to create a new stream below the selected stream.
  • Choose Change Stream from the context menu to revise the configuration of the selected stream.

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Using the New Stream / Change Stream Dialog

Enter or revise the following specifications, then click Ok.


No two streams in the same AccuRev repository can have the same name, even if they are in different depots. See User-Specified Names for AccuRev Entities.


The parent stream of the stream you are reconfiguring. Changing this entry changes the parent stream when you click Ok.

In a New Stream dialog, this field is not editable, because you selected the parent stream when you invoked the command.

Stream Type

The type of the stream:

  • Dynamic stream — A stream whose configuration changes over time, with new versions promoted from child workspaces and/or from other dynamic streams. It also inherits versions from its parent stream.
  • Snapshot — An immutable (“frozen”, “static”) stream that captures the configuration of another stream at a particular time. A snapshot cannot be renamed or modified in any way. Selecting Snapshot is equivalent to invoking the command New Snapshot instead of New Stream.
  • Pass-through stream — A stream that is useful for grouping lower-level streams. A version that is promoted to a pass-through stream automatically passes through to the parent stream. The file does not become active in the pass-through stream; it does become active in the parent of the pass-through stream.
  • Gated stream — A stream that uses user-defined rules to control whether changes promoted into it are promoted out of it. These rules are often based on meeting externally established criteria (passing a test suite or a successful nightly build, for example).

Note: The Stream Type field is not editable in the Change Stream dialog. You cannot change the type of an existing stream.

Basis Time

By default, a stream inherits the versions currently in its parent stream. If you assign a basis time to a stream, it inherits the versions that were in the parent stream at a specified point in time. Basis time is not applicable to pass-through and gated streams.

  • None — (not applicable to snapshot streams) No basis time; in the future, the stream will inherit the versions currently in its parent stream.
  • Now — The stream or snapshot will contain the versions that were in its parent stream at the time you clicked Ok in this dialog.
  • As transaction # — Enter an integer transaction number. The stream or snapshot will contain the versions that were in its parent stream at the time the specified transaction was created.
  • Specified — Enter a specific time. The stream or snapshot will contain the versions that were in its parent stream at the specified time.

You can fill in the individual subfields manually, or use the Select Date button () to display choices ("2 days ago", etc.) that fill in the subfields automatically. Once these subfields are filled in, you can revise them individually or by clicking the Select Date button again.


  • Dynamic stream with basis time vs. Snapshot

    Setting a basis time on a stream does make it like a snapshot of its parent stream — initially. But after that, new versions can be promoted to such a "time-based stream" from child workspaces and from other streams; you cannot promote new versions to a snapshot. Since you can change the basis time of a time-based stream as often as you wish, it can serve as a "moving snapshot" of its parent stream.

  • Another way to control which versions are inherited from the parent stream

    The basis-time facility includes versions based on when they were created. The include/exclude facility includes elements based on their pathnames.

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