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Database Polling for Pc Attached Facsimile Machines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100533D
Original Publication Date: 1990-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cecil, RH: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

An algorithm is described which allows a personal computer attached to a facsimile machine to provide an advanced form of database polling.

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Database Polling for Pc Attached Facsimile Machines

       An algorithm is described which allows a personal
computer attached to a facsimile machine to provide an advanced form
of database polling.

      In standard facsimile polling, an operator leaves a document in
the input of a facsimile machine and a remote machine calls to
request (poll for) the document.  Database polling is a non-standard
extension of this function in which the polling machine requests the
contents of specific storage areas in the polled machine.  The
requestor, for example, asks for whatever is in storage area number
1.

      The improvement disclosed here is that of giving the remote
(polling) operator enhanced control over the data being polled by
implementing a "PC DOS" type file request scheme for polling specific
files.  The polling machine can imbed commands in the non-standard
information field of the facsimile protocol to access specific files
from the polled machine.  This command structure includes the "don't
care" operator ("*") in the file name.  Thus, the polling machine may
request files using a name as as sales*.dat to obtain all files with
names starting with "sales" with a file extension of "dat".