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Configuring File Servers From Hosts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101390D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Talley, TM: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Generalized Utility for LAN Positioning (GULP) is a facility for identification, migration, and installation of programs and data from a host environment (e.g., VM) to a DOS or OS/2* server. GULP is periodically initiated on a LAN-attached personal computer. A portion of GULP runs on the personal computer and a portion on the host. GULP detects changes made to a predefined set of host files by comparing the file update dates. When a change is made to a host file, GULP downloads the file to the personal computer (typically, a LAN file server), optionally performing some user-specified installation procedure.

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Configuring File Servers From Hosts

       The Generalized Utility for LAN Positioning (GULP) is a
facility for identification, migration, and installation of programs
and data from a host environment (e.g., VM) to a DOS or OS/2* server.
GULP is periodically initiated on a LAN-attached personal computer.
A portion of GULP runs on the personal computer and a portion on the
host. GULP detects changes made to a predefined set of host files by
comparing the file update dates.  When a change is made to a host
file, GULP downloads the file to the personal computer (typically, a
LAN file server), optionally performing some user-specified
installation procedure.

      Files to be monitored by GULP are identified in a control file.
The control file identifies personal computer filename, including
possible subdirectories, and, optionally, the name of the
corresponding host file specification and/or an installation
procedure.  If not specified, GULP determines the host file
specification from the personal specifications using a set of
transformations (e.g., 'xyz.scr' becomes 'xyz script').  Mappings for
names may be changed or extended via a translation table.  Files may
reside on disks directly attached to a personal computer or may be on
network drives.  Network drives may be linked or detached during GULP
executing by placing the appropriate commands in the control file.

      Installation instructions may be simple DOS or OS/2 commands or
batch/command files fo...