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Method for Starting, Stopping, and Querying Processes in a Network Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013958D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Charles Rankin: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Method for Starting, Stopping, and Querying Processes in a Network Environment

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Method for Starting, Stopping, and Querying Processes in a Network

Environment

A method is disclosed for starting, stopping, and querying a group of
processes in a network environment.

     In a network environment, particularly in a
test lab (where this disclosure has had the most
use), it is often desirable to be able to start,
stop, and query a group of processes on a number
systems with one command. The method disclosed
provides this by allowing the user to create a
configuration file called a generic workload file.
This file has the following basic format.

PROCESS

NAME <Process name>
... other process information, such as working
directory and parameters ...

END

MACHINE <Machine name>

PROCESS

   ... Same information as defined above ...
END

   PROCREF <Process name previously defined>
END

     The information in the first PROCESS/END pair
defines a global process that can be executed on a
system in the network. This process definition is
given a name which is used to refer back to the
process at a later place in the file. The
information in the MACHINE/END pair defines the set
of processes that will execute on a given system in
the network. The user may define custom processes
for this system by specifying the information
within PROCESS/END blocks, or they may refer back
to previously defined global processes through the
use of PROCREF statements.

     This generic workload file is then fed into
the generic workload processor, whereby the user
can start, stop, or query the systems and processes
defined i...