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Encapsulated platform independent installation object

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014953D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Media installation consists of a platform specific executable set of binaries and ASCII files that when executed install in a platform specific way and instance of a software product. Additionally, these software installation tools can optionally have external resources that they require such as entry and exit programs, prereq software, DLLs, and other supporting resources. Typically these objects are loosely bundled, or left to the user's discretion on how they converge together at installation runtime. In a networked install environment this is both inefficient and cumbersome which can result in corruption in various components of this installation package due to the mechanism that different OS's use to read and write data. By combining different components of a total install into a singular object, we save resource space both local and network, create easier management of the total installation package, and preserve the integrity of the total installation package regardless of where the package resides in a heterogeneous environment. 1

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Encapsulated platform independent installation object

    Media installation consists of a platform specific executable set of binaries and ASCII files that when executed install in a platform specific way and instance of a software product. Additionally, these software installation tools can optionally have external resources that they require such as entry and exit programs, prereq software, DLLs, and other supporting resources. Typically these objects are loosely bundled, or left to the user's discretion on how they converge together at installation runtime. In a networked install environment this is both inefficient and cumbersome which can result in corruption in various components of this installation package due to the mechanism that different OS's use to read and write data.

    By combining different components of a total install into a singular object, we save resource space both local and network, create easier management of the total installation package, and preserve the integrity of the total installation package regardless of where the package resides in a heterogeneous environment.

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