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Message-Source Identifier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047511D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Peterson, GS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a clustered system including a number of display terminals and input/output devices, a Message Line is used to display messages that inform the operator of an error, device failure, device service request, print job completion, etc., during a foreground or background operation. When a message from a queued job is displayed, a message source identifier is included at the beginning of the message to identify which device (e.g., printwheel printer, SELECTRIC printer, diskette drive, etc.) to which the message pertains. In a relatively small clustered system this message-source identifier is best implemented by using a minimal number of displayed characters for device identification. For example, a two-character message-source identifier allows for the identification of up to four devices.

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Message-Source Identifier

In a clustered system including a number of display terminals and input/output devices, a Message Line is used to display messages that inform the operator of an error, device failure, device service request, print job completion, etc., during a foreground or background operation. When a message from a queued job is displayed, a message source identifier is included at the beginning of the message to identify which device (e.g., printwheel printer, SELECTRIC printer, diskette drive, etc.) to which the message pertains. In a relatively small clustered system this message-source identifier is best implemented by using a minimal number of displayed characters for device identification. For example, a two- character message-source identifier allows for the identification of up to four devices. This helps maximize the number of characters useable in a single line message for the text of the message itself.

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