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Externalization of LAN Server Generic Alert Definition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105837D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Arkeketa, WW: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for externalizing the definition of LAN Server* (LS) generic alerts. Currently, when a new generic alert needs to be added to LS, the code must be changed. The intent of this disclosed design is to generalize and externalize as much of the generic alert definition as possible so that code changes are not always necessary.

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Externalization of LAN Server Generic Alert Definition

      Disclosed is a design for externalizing the definition of LAN
Server* (LS) generic alerts.  Currently, when a new generic alert
needs to be added to LS, the code must be changed.  The intent of
this disclosed design is to generalize and externalize as much of the
generic alert definition as possible so that code changes are not
always necessary.

      The design calls for a source definition file that is validated
producing another file that contains the generic alert tables derived
from the source definition.  The generic alert tables file is used at
runtime to build LS generic alerts along with runtime information
that specifies which generic alert to generate.

      The design calls for an ASCII source file that contains
specific keywords.  A MSG keyword is used to define which message ID
will generate a specific alert.  It is possible, today, to have
multiple message IDs causing the generation of the same generic
alert.  An ALERT keyword is used to define the basic elements of the
generic alert (i.e., the alert type, the alert description code
point, probable cause code points).  The UC (user cause), IC (install
cause), and FC (failure cause) keywords are used to define the
different category cause code points.  The UA (user action), IA
(install action), and FA (failure action) keyword are used to define
the different category action code points.  Each cause keyword can,
optionally, have an associated action keyword associated with it to
further define the generic alert.  The SF (sub-field) keyword is used
to define insertion text for cause and action keywords code points.
The SF keyword data further clarifies the cause or action code point
text just as insertion text does for a message.

      The generic alert definition source file is read and syntax
checked producing...