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Providing Meaningful Default Management Classes for Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107734D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Anglin, MJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of providing a meaningful management class for files in a hierarchical file system. Files which reside in the same hierarchical directory can be given the same management criteria (management class), so that each file in the directory is managed similarly.

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Providing Meaningful Default Management Classes for Files

       Disclosed is a method of providing a meaningful
management class for files in a hierarchical file system.  Files
which reside in the same hierarchical directory can be given the same
management criteria (management class), so that each file in the
directory is managed similarly.

      In a typical embodiment, files which share a relationship are
kept in the same directory, and use the same management class.  A
management class is usually assigned when a file or directory is
created.  In the embodiment, files are not given a management class
at this time.  Directories are given a management class, so that the
files contained in the directory will use this management class as a
default.  Thus, files inherit the current management class of the
directory in which they reside.

      If a file in a directory requires special management, that file
can be given a management class, so that it does not use the
management class of the directory.  This allows individual files to
override the default management class which is assigned to the
directory.

      As files are moved from one directory to another, those files
which were not assigned a management class will use the management
class of the directory into which they are moved.  Those files which
were given a specific management class will continue to use that
management class, regardless of the directory in which they reside.

      If...