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ID Marking of Combined Programs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045988D
Original Publication Date: 1983-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Advani, HG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A system timer is utilized as a random number generator for uniquely marking program diskettes.

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ID Marking of Combined Programs

A system timer is utilized as a random number generator for uniquely marking program diskettes.

During preparation of a new and job-tailored program diskette made up of a variety of programs from a plurality of other program diskettes, identification presents a major problem. A common identification technique includes structuring a user system to write the identification (ID) number of one of the source diskettes on to the new diskette and utilize same as the ID for the new diskette. In addition, standard operator procedure is to pen in this number on the diskette cover. With this technique, an operator suddenly has two diskettes with the same ID. This situation is manageable due to other labelling on the diskette covers, but requires unnecessary sorting time and does not lend itself to utilizing the system to distinguish between diskettes.

For an experienced operator requiring a number of job-tailored program diskettes, present identification techniques are either unworkable or unduly expensive. Consider for example, one tailored diskette containing IPL (Initial Program Load), SP (Spelling), and Reports, and another tailored diskette containing IPL, SP, and ASYNC (asynchronous communications). System ID marking would likely result in both tailored diskettes carrying the source (IPL) ID. Written-in unique cover ID numbers are a solution, but thought is required in the beginning and later a search through a program library is time c...