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Environment Preprocessing for Program Objects on Workplace Shell

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106657D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGuill III, AL: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for enabling an application icon object which requires a special environment to be started. When starting up an application from an object on the OS/2 Workplace Shell*, the user currently has no way to set up a unique environment for the application. In other words, the user is not allowed to issue a set command prior to starting an application. There are certain occasions where an application requires a unique environment. The only way for a user to accomplish this currently is to issue a set command in an OS/2 window and then run the application from that window.

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Environment Preprocessing for Program Objects on Workplace Shell

      Disclosed is a method for enabling an application icon object
which requires a special environment to be started.  When starting up
an application from an object on the OS/2 Workplace Shell*, the user
currently has no way to set up a unique environment for the
application.  In other words, the user is not allowed to issue a set
command prior to starting an application.  There are certain
occasions where an application requires a unique environment.  The
only way for a user to accomplish this currently is to issue a set
command in an OS/2 window and then run the application from that
window.

      Providing an extra field in the application's settings notebook
will allow the user to type in the name of a command file to set the
environment appropriately.  The code that handles starting the
application startup can simply check for a value in this field and
run the command file, if present, before starting up the application.
This allows the user to double click on icons to start any special
applications just as they would other applications.

This concept is unique in the following ways:

o   Allows users to set one parameter in settings for applications
    that require special environments.

o   Allows users to start applications that require special
    environments from the application icon.

o   Relieves the user from having to set up an OS/2 window with the
    correct enviro...