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Delete After Send Expedient

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045382D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

O'Quin, JT: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a communications setup wherein documents are electronically conveyed, an expedient is provided wherein the operator is given the option to specify which queue entries waiting to be sent are to be deleted after the document is sent. For example, in a communication system where a document is forwarded to an intermediate host where it is stored before being passed on to its destination or receiving terminal, there will often be no need to maintain the send queue entry for that document in the original sending terminal since the document is likely to be queued for sending in the intermediate host. Thus, the document may be deleted from the send queue.

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Delete After Send Expedient

In a communications setup wherein documents are electronically conveyed, an expedient is provided wherein the operator is given the option to specify which queue entries waiting to be sent are to be deleted after the document is sent. For example, in a communication system where a document is forwarded to an intermediate host where it is stored before being passed on to its destination or receiving terminal, there will often be no need to maintain the send queue entry for that document in the original sending terminal since the document is likely to be queued for sending in the intermediate host. Thus, the document may be deleted from the send queue.

Where documents are permitted to unnecessarily remain in the send queue, the condition gives rise to the danger of distributing the same document multiple times particularly during automatic or unattended communications operations. The option of the present system permits the operator to specify which queued entries are to be automatically deleted from the queue after the document is sent. With such an approach, unattended operation of a communication system involving transmission terminal is made practical.

By way of example in a store and forward network, the CPU will typically call each terminal twice when it is distributing documents.

The first call is for inputting documents from the terminals, and the second call is for outputting documents to the terminals. The terminals should not...