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File a New Folder which is Copied from an Existing Folder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038110D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

MacPhail, MG: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to file a new folder into a library by copying an existing folder. A folder is a document which can contain other documents. Each folder has an associated data area containing a list of documents immediately contained in that folder. The associated data area can be thought of as a folder table-of-contents (FTOC). Any contained document can also be a folder. The documents contained within a contained folder are listed in the contained folder's FTOC. The FTOC can be considered as a list of pointers to the documents contained within the folder. This method allows the nesting of folders to continue indefinitely. The folder, itself, can be considered the zero- level of folder nesting. The first-level of folder nesting includes the folder and any documents that the folder immediately contains, i.e.

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File a New Folder which is Copied from an Existing Folder

Disclosed is a method to file a new folder into a library by copying an existing folder. A folder is a document which can contain other documents. Each folder has an associated data area containing a list of documents immediately contained in that folder. The associated data area can be thought of as a folder table-of-contents (FTOC). Any contained document can also be a folder. The documents contained within a contained folder are listed in the contained folder's FTOC. The FTOC can be considered as a list of pointers to the documents contained within the folder. This method allows the nesting of folders to continue indefinitely. The folder, itself, can be considered the zero- level of folder nesting. The first-level of folder nesting includes the folder and any documents that the folder immediately contains, i.e., the FTOC. The second-level of folder nesting includes the zero- level folder, the zero-level folder FTOC and the FTOCs of any folders listed in the zero-level FTOC. The entire folder includes the zero-level folder and all FTOCs within all levels of nesting.

The method described in this disclosure enables a user to file a new folder into the library copying it from another folder with one request. The file-request includes a library-identifier parameter for the folder to be copied and an indicator specifying that the entire folder through all level-of-folder nesting is to be copied. The library-server processes the file-request as follows:

IF the new document is to be copied from an existing document THEN

Copy the entire document including its FTOC

Set the system descriptors (such as file da...