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Automatic Statement Edit and Acceptance to OS/2 CONFIG.SYS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104872D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

Currently, once a workstation using OS/2* is booted up, the only way changes to the CONFIG.SYS file can be accepted is if the machine is re-booted, thus stopping all running operations.

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Automatic Statement Edit and Acceptance to OS/2 CONFIG.SYS

      Currently, once a workstation using OS/2* is booted up, the
only way changes to the CONFIG.SYS file can be accepted is if the
machine is re-booted, thus stopping all running operations.

      Users should have the ability to choose when changes to the
CONFIG.SYS go into effect.  For example, when an application is
looking for profiles, executable files, help files, etc., it searches
all the directories listed in the CONFIG.SYS.  A problem could arise
for a user if needed files cannot be found by an application.  This
situation currently causes application startup failure or the
application may operate only until a file is needed, and when it is
not found, the application will fail due to this error condition.
Currently, OS/2 does tell the user that "X:\xxxx\xxxxx.xxx is not
found", but it does not give the user the choice to let the
application make the needed changes to the CONFIG.SYS for the current
session so that the changes will be in effect for the next time the
application is invoked.  Since OS/2-configured machines are driven by
a CONFIG.SYS file, it would be more "user-friendly" if the system
would allow applications (by way of user actions) to change the
configuration dynamically/ "on the fly".

      If OS/2 cannot find a file or some other easily solvable
problem arises while using an OS/2 workstation, OS/2 applications
should alert the user and give him/her the choice (through a s...