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Install Archive Feature

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111831D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

Often, during installs of programs, users are given the choice to install features (networking services, print or font information...) that they do not know whether they will actually ever need or use.

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Install Archive Feature

      Often, during installs of programs, users are given the choice
to install features (networking services, print or font
information...) that they do not know whether they will actually ever
need or use.

      Provided is a generic function which, when chosen to use,
during any program install will save the user disk space when
installing features of a product which they are not familiar with.
This function would do the following:

1.  As in the current art, the install program would, in some manner,
    prompt the user "Do you want to install serviceX?"  The answer
    choices would be Yes, No, or Yes-Archive.

2.  If the user chooses Yes-Archive, the install program would prompt
    the user for a date (in the future), which would be an "alarm"
    that will in the future execute an action that will send a
    message to the user that the particular service has been OR was
    never executed since install.  After prompting the user for the
    future check date, the install program would copy the
    files/datasets in a "packed" format to the users
    install-work-area.

3.  On the alarm/check date, (or the first time after that date that
    the program is executed), a message will remind the user that
    (from install until the check date) either that program feature
    has been executed and unpacked and serviceX is fully installed or
    it was never executed.

4.  If the files were never...