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Displaying UNIX Commands When Invoked

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062186D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

By displaying a prompt which indicates that an underlying UNIX* command is being executed when a system utility has been invoked, the user is provided with a learning experience, and information about the UNIX command, and its associated parameters, is also conveyed. When a command provided by the TOOLS application in a UNIX-like system is executed, an underlying UNIX command is invoked. The output of the command, such as a message, may refer to commands, or other options of which the user is unaware, since they are related to the actual UNIX command invoked, not the panel interface. This problem is resolved by providing a prompt at the top of the display when a command is selected from the TOOLS window and execution has begun. The prompt will provide a message such as "Command is running using the UNIX command...

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Displaying UNIX Commands When Invoked

By displaying a prompt which indicates that an underlying UNIX* command is being executed when a system utility has been invoked, the user is provided with a learning experience, and information about the UNIX command, and its associated parameters, is also conveyed. When a command provided by the TOOLS application in a UNIX-like system is executed, an underlying UNIX command is invoked. The output of the command, such as a message, may refer to commands, or other options of which the user is unaware, since they are related to the actual UNIX command invoked, not the panel interface. This problem is resolved by providing a prompt at the top of the display when a command is selected from the TOOLS window and execution has begun. The prompt will provide a message such as "Command is running using the UNIX command..." followed on the next line with the underlying UNIX command with all appropriate parameters. This provides the user with an explicit association between the TOOLS command and the underlying UNIX command which was invoked. Additionally, the user is provided with an education tool to assist with learning UNIX commands. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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