cleartool: Error: Pathname not found:"ûversion"

Technote (troubleshooting)


This technote explains why the results of an IBM® Rational® ClearCase® cleartool sub-command may yield strange characters in errors such as ûversion or ôlbtype".


The below cleartool find command is executed and results in the following errors:

    V:\VOB_NAME>cleartool find . -version "lbtype(LABEL_NAME)" -exec "cleartool mkbranch -nco my_branch\"%CLEARCASE_XPN%\"" -print

    cleartool: Error: Pathname not found: "ûversion".
    cleartool: Warning: Skipping "ûversion".

    cleartool: Error: Pathname not found:

These errors are due to cleartool not recognizing the dash (or hyphen) in front of the version (-version).

There are two known causes related to this problem:

CAUSE 1: The cleartool sub-command was copied from a Microsoft® Word document (or similar program) and had unknown characters pasted into the command window.

There may be a problem with the command window if the prompt was opened from a shortcut.

Resolving the problem

Paste the command syntax into notepad and replace the unknown characters with a known character or remove the characters if not needed.

Solution 2

Start a command prompt window using Start > Run and type cmd, rather than using the shortcut and retry the command again.

Related information

Remove ClearCase Object whose name begins with hyphen
ClearCase name conventions

Document information

More support for:

Rational ClearCase

Software version:

2002.05.00, 2003.06.00

Operating system(s):


Reference #:


Modified date:


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