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Operating System Termination via Telephone Criteria Reminder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105084D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Current operating systems provide methods for termination of application processes. These shutdown procedures often remind users of currently executing processes, e.g., active window sessions. These methods, typically, allow the user to discontinue the termination, i.e., the user may not wish to terminate while applications are still executing. These shutdown services provide a suitable means of warning a user of the existence of currently executing sessions, such as DOS windows. However, often the user needs information on the state of a peripheral application, such as telephone message services. Users desire a mechanism by which they can be informed of pending telephone messages during a shutdown procedure. Users desire to specify criteria for notifications of specified conditions on a telephone service.

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Operating System Termination via Telephone Criteria Reminder

      Current operating systems provide methods for termination of
application processes.  These shutdown procedures often remind users
of currently executing processes, e.g., active window sessions.
These methods, typically, allow the user to discontinue the
termination, i.e., the user may not wish to terminate while
applications are still executing.  These shutdown services provide a
suitable means of warning a user of the existence of currently
executing sessions, such as DOS windows.  However, often the user
needs information on the state of a peripheral application, such as
telephone message services.  Users desire a mechanism by which they
can be informed of pending telephone messages during a shutdown
procedure.  Users desire to specify criteria for notifications of
specified conditions on a telephone service.  For example, notify me
during shutdown only if my manager has left me a phone message.

      This article describes a mechanism by which enterprises can be
informed of particular conditions of a telephone answering service
during termination of a workstation's operating system.  A Telephone
Reminder Criteria Registration (TRCR) Service allows users to specify
conditions under which a notification occurs on pending telephone
states.  The user can specify shutdown operating system states by
which the service generates notifications.  In addition, users can,
optionally, specify the playing of pending messages during the
termination procedures.  The TRCR service builds the criteria state
table that contains the conditions specified by the user.

      A Termination Service executes upon a user's request to
terminate the operating systems processes, i.e., request for
shutdown.  This service implements traditional operating system
shutdown procedures as desired, e.g., warn of open sessions, park
disk drive heads, etc.  However, this service provides an additional
feature of inspecting the telephone service status.  The Termination
process queries the telephone services status for conditions meeti...