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Storage of User Preferences on a Per-user Basis

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103588D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Austen, RF: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for storing individual users' preferences for colors, mouse, keyboard settings, and other customizable features in a distributed system rather than locally, allowing multiple users to use a machine and retrieve their own preferences automatically when they log on.

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Storage of User Preferences on a Per-user Basis

       Disclosed is a method for storing individual users'
preferences for colors, mouse, keyboard settings, and other
customizable features in a distributed system rather than locally,
allowing multiple users to use a machine and retrieve their own
preferences automatically when they log on.

      Current administration of OS/2* system allows for only one
user's preferences to be in effect, the assumption being that only a
single user will use a particular machine.  Preferences include color
selections, mouse and keyboard settings, and other information which
is stored locally in the OS2.INI file.

      In a distributed environment, many users may need to use a
single machine, or users may need to use different machines at
different times (e.g., in a university setting).  Each user will want
the machine he or she is using to be set to his own preferences,
rather than having to recustomize each machine or use unfamiliar
colors, mouse settings, and so on.

      The ability to have preferences stored and set on a per-user
basis is accomplished by having the user's INI file located in the
distributed file system, with an entry in the distributed directory
which refers to the location (path) of the file (e.g., in a user's
home directory), rather than referring to the information contained
in the local INI file stored at a machine.  When any user logs on to
the system, the preferences are set according to the...