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Method to Display Messages on Hidden Console Window

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040827D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kilpatrick, PJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Some prior art operating systems assume a physical Console where messages are written when certain system errors occur. It was assumed that the console was a physical device and that a system operator was watching it. The Console in other operating systems is just another virtual terminal or window. Because of its arcane nature, most users are better off never being exposed to it so it is initialized as a hidden window. This is fine except when messages indicating fatal system problems are written to the console. In this case, the system will crash with no visible indication being given to the user.

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Method to Display Messages on Hidden Console Window

Some prior art operating systems assume a physical Console where messages are written when certain system errors occur. It was assumed that the console was a physical device and that a system operator was watching it. The Console in other operating systems is just another virtual terminal or window. Because of its arcane nature, most users are better off never being exposed to it so it is initialized as a hidden window. This is fine except when messages indicating fatal system problems are written to the console. In this case, the system will crash with no visible indication being given to the user.

In accordance with the new method, when a message indicating a fatal condition is written to the console, the console window is activated prior to the system crash so that the message will be visible to the user. Because these messages are arcane, they are surrounded by boilerplate text that directs the user to take appropriate action.

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