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Display of Parent Directories Via Path Pane

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062308D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greene, CS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

By displaying the parent and current directories in the FILES window, the user can easily determine the current directory without having to remember the directory name, or by issuing a command to identify a directory. Within UNIX*, the user must work within a directory structure which includes moving among directories or changing the current directory. The current directory is significant to the UNIX user, but may be easily forgotten as it is not displayed and is changed frequently. Additionally, to determine the identity of the current directory, the user must invoke the "print working directory" command. This problem is resolved by displaying the parent directories, including the current directory, in the FILES window in an area called the path pane.

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Display of Parent Directories Via Path Pane

By displaying the parent and current directories in the FILES window, the user can easily determine the current directory without having to remember the directory name, or by issuing a command to identify a directory. Within UNIX*, the user must work within a directory structure which includes moving among directories or changing the current directory. The current directory is significant to the UNIX user, but may be easily forgotten as it is not displayed and is changed frequently. Additionally, to determine the identity of the current directory, the user must invoke the "print working directory" command. This problem is resolved by displaying the parent directories, including the current directory, in the FILES window in an area called the path pane. This provides the user with the identity of the current directory as needed, and eliminates the need to remember the command that is necessary to determine the identity of the current directory. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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