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Method for Global Command Retrieval

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109588D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 88K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Many operating systems provide tools which allow recall of previously keyed commands. These tools only allow recall and execution of a single command at a time. Also, the command must have been previously issued in that screen group. Commands from other screen groups are not available. Also, no queueing of a sequence of commands is provided for with existing tools. No current method exists which allows combining of multiple commands into a single named group of commands as in a macro. In existing tools, no provision is made to save commands for reuse between system reboots.

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Method for Global Command Retrieval

       Many operating systems provide tools which allow recall
of previously keyed commands.  These tools only allow recall and
execution of a single command at a time.  Also, the command must have
been previously issued in that screen group.  Commands from other
screen groups are not available.  Also, no queueing of a sequence of
commands is provided for with existing tools.  No current method
exists which allows combining of multiple commands into a single
named group of commands as in a macro. In existing tools, no
provision is made to save commands for reuse between system reboots.

      This invention involves a method whereby users may retrieve
every command issued from any screen group.  This global retrieval
method allows for command creation, modification and deletion,
named-group combining into macros, and saving between reboots.

      Currently, command retrieval tools use a keystroke monitor
device driver to provide every screen group with its own set of
previously issued commands.  With this invention a device driver of
the same function provides all commands issued to the Global Command
Retrieval System (GCRS) regardless of screen group.

      When accessed from a full-screen session, the GCRS displays its
list of available commands and named groups in a pop-up window.  When
accessed from a windowed session, the GCRS displays its list of
available commands and named groups in a dialog window.  Th...