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Automatically Expanding File Search

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104749D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique to automatically expand the search domain if a file is not found in a specified location when executing any file command, OR to automatically perform a "fuzzy search" if the specified file cannot be found anywhere.

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Automatically Expanding File Search

      Disclosed is a technique to automatically expand the search
domain if a file is not found in a specified location when executing
any file command, OR to automatically perform a "fuzzy search" if the
specified file cannot be found anywhere.

o   When a file name is specified for a file command, the system will
    initially search the designated drive/directory (conventional
    method) until the file is found and the command is executed.

o   If the file cannot be found in the designated drive/directory, a
    search.  will automatically be conducted on other available
    drives and directories, in succession.  Once the file is found,
    the command will automatically be executed.

o   If the file is still not found, a fuzzy search will be performed
    on the designated drive/directory first, then other directories
    or drives in succession.  A list of possible file names and
    locations will be built and presented to the user.  The user can
    select the intended file, and the file command will be executed.

o   This technique is applicable for graphical interfaces where
    drawers are substituted for drives and directories, such as a
    File Cabinet.  It is also applicable to host systems where users
    have multiple disks (A, B...).

Disclosed Anonymously.