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Automatic Addition of New Program to a System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061478D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kuo, W: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By providing a programming interface in the Tools application or Files application, new programs and special types of files and editors can be automatically installed by the user without requiring the user to do anything special to accomplish this task. When a user purchases a new application for a UNIX*-based system, or when an application is added which defines a special type of file, special editor or print program, there exists a problem as to how these requirements are transmitted to the Files or Tools applications panels. A programming interface is provided which allows the program developer to include the necessary calls to transmit this information to the Files or Tools application as part of the install procedure for each new application.

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Automatic Addition of New Program to a System

By providing a programming interface in the Tools application or Files application, new programs and special types of files and editors can be automatically installed by the user without requiring the user to do anything special to accomplish this task. When a user purchases a new application for a UNIX*-based system, or when an application is added which defines a special type of file, special editor or print program, there exists a problem as to how these requirements are transmitted to the Files or Tools applications panels. A programming interface is provided which allows the program developer to include the necessary calls to transmit this information to the Files or Tools application as part of the install procedure for each new application. Since each application program contains code used to install the program into the system, this is the most natural place for the application developer to add the code required to add the necessary information to the Application Tools Panel. This makes all of the information transparent to the user. As far as the user is concerned, the information is "automatically" added to the proper panels in UNIX. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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