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Error Recovery and Restart Mechanism for the Distribution and Review Process of Electornic Folders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110759D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Moore, EH: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a process which restarts the distribution of an electronic folder for the most probable failure cases, greatly reducing the need for "human intervention".

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Error Recovery and Restart Mechanism for the Distribution and Review
Process of Electornic Folders

      Disclosed is a process which restarts the distribution of an
electronic folder for the most probable failure cases, greatly
reducing the need for "human intervention".

The following is a list of the errors handled by this process:

1.  Communication errors - such as a system down at distribution
    time.

2.  User information errors - a user has been deleted or has corrupt
    information.

3.  Delegation rule violations - the system halts distribution of an
    electronic folder to a recipient if the recipient is a result of
    multiple delegations.  For example, the recipient is the

    alternate for the alternate of the original recipient.  If one
    worker returns and turns delegation off, the recipient will be
    reset based on the new (valid) current delegation information
    available.

4.  Delegatee user information errors - user has been deleted or
    contains corrupt information.

      Generally, a user will utilize a batch job which runs every
night to kick-off any stalled distributions that do not require human
intervention.  This job also retries any electronic folders whose
errors have been corrected from the prior run.

A high level view of this process is shown in the Figure.

      Note that this process includes an automated procedure for
restarting the distribution process as part of error recovery.  The
automated process will correct as much as possible and continue (or
restart) the distributi...