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Technique for Associating Remote Files with Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103947D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bender, TR: AUTHOR

Abstract

A program is disclosed that allows OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) users to use a broader range of applications with OV/2's File Association function. Mail items stored on the OV/2 Server (an IBM LAN Server) can be copied to the user's local disk drive where they can be accessed by DOS applications and OS/2 applications that are unable to access remote files via Universal Naming Convention (UNC) pathnames.

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Technique for Associating Remote Files with Applications

      A program is disclosed that allows OfficeVision*/2 (OV/2) users
to use a broader range of applications with OV/2's File Association
function.  Mail items stored on the OV/2 Server (an IBM LAN Server)
can be copied to the user's local disk drive where they can be
accessed by DOS applications and OS/2 applications that are unable to
access remote files via Universal  Naming Convention (UNC) pathnames.

      An OV/2 user, when defining a File Association, can select
between Prompted, Automatic and No Copy.  The user can specify
Prompted Copy or Automatic Copy for those OS/2 applications that
cannot access files via UNC pathnames.  No Copy can be specified for
those OS/2 applications that are able to access files via UNC
pathnames.  For DOS applications, the user must specify Prompted Copy
or Automatic Copy because DOS does not permit file access via UNC
pathnames.  When specifying Prompted Copy or Automatic Copy, the user
also enters a Default Destination Path for the copied files.  This
allows the user to use an established working directory for data
files created by a particular application.

      When a user opens a mail item from the OV/2 InBasket or Mail
Drawer, and the mail item has been previously associated with an
application with the Prompted Copy setting, the Copy dialog is
displayed, initialized to the Default Destination Path that the user
specified.  The user is allowed to change...