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Dynamic Configuration Control of Complex Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000078890D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 80K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bakshi, SC: AUTHOR

Abstract

In a data-processing system having complex devices, it is desirable to minimize the degree of operator intervention and to provide the operator with a degree of flexibility for example, to process jobs which need only one kind of a printer setup. To accomplish this, the system is provided with installation defaults and the operator is given the ability, through a command, to override the defaults. To better illustrate this, assume that a printer has more than one mode of operation Which would require operator intervention to switch between the modes. Let it also be assumed that the printer may have special features and that in a given installation, some printers have certain features and others do not. It may also be that where a printer is provided with a feature, that the feature might be inactive.

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Dynamic Configuration Control of Complex Devices

In a data-processing system having complex devices, it is desirable to minimize the degree of operator intervention and to provide the operator with a degree of flexibility for example, to process jobs which need only one kind of a printer setup. To accomplish this, the system is provided with installation defaults and the operator is given the ability, through a command, to override the defaults. To better illustrate this, assume that a printer has more than one mode of operation Which would require operator intervention to switch between the modes. Let it also be assumed that the printer may have special features and that in a given installation, some printers have certain features and others do not.

It may also be that where a printer is provided with a feature, that the feature might be inactive. To accomplish these objectives, a new member can be defined and placed within the system parameter library (PARMLIB). The member may contain the following parameters: 1. FORMNR = formnr

This parameter will represent the installation default

for form numbers. If the form number is not specified

by the user, this specification will be used.

HOLD Y Y Y

2. CRFEATR = CANCEL , MFO = N , CSE = N , IDENT = N PROCESS Y

, DEL = N

This parameter represents the critical hardware features

installed (with 'Y' specification) and not installed

(with 'N' specification). The positional subparameter

specifies the installation option to take action on the

job, if the feature is not installed.

The option of "PROCESS" means that system should ignore

related specification and continue processing the job.

Under this definition, the following features might be

provided and classified as critical:

a) Multiform Overlay Feature

b) Character Set Expansion Feature

c) Deletion Feature

d) Identification Feature

3. NONCRFTR = CANCEL , BURST = N

PROCESS

This parameter, in a similar fashion to the previous one,

represents the noncritical hardware feature installed/

not installed (through Y/N specification).

The installation in all probability will like

to process jobs even if the feature is not installed.

This particular specification will be very useful to the

installation, where operator assistance

in changing printer set up is required.

With this specification, the operator can schedule jobs

requiring same set up. This parameter can be, if so

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desired, extended to include subparameters for purposes

of taking automatic action for unprintable characters

and inconsistent specifications.

HOLD

4. OPEROPT = PROCESS , VERIFY = id

This parameter specifies the installation option to

automatically HOLD or PROCESS jo...