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Drives Path Change Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111984D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Many times users have the need to modify their operating system search path for file use. Presently users have to view a text listing of the different subdirectories currently in the path. If users wish to modify the current path information they basically have two options. One option is to update their config.sys file and reboot their machine, and the other option is to retype all of the path information into a command file using an editor of choice and then executing the command file to create temporary path settings to override those specified in the config.sys. The drawback to the first option is that the user would have to reboot their machine before the changes would become effective.

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Drives Path Change Function

      Many times users have the need to modify their operating system
search path for file use.  Presently users have to view a text
listing of the different subdirectories currently in the path.  If
users wish to modify the current path information they basically have
two options.  One option is to update their config.sys file and
reboot their machine, and the other option is to retype all of the
path information into a command file using an editor of choice and
then executing the command file to create temporary path settings to
override those specified in the config.sys.  The drawback to the
first option is that the user would have to reboot their machine
before the changes would become effective.  Both options require the
user to manually type their desired path information, which can
easily result in errors without path validity checking.

      An extension of 'DRIVES' tool -  This pull down feature of the
drives tool ('Paths') would allow the user to view an entire tree
structure of all the directories and subdirectories on a hard-disk,
highlighting each one that was in the path, libpath or dpath (there
would be three pushbuttons on the screen; PATH, LIBPATH and DPATH)
used to determine which choice the user wants to work with.  Also,
the user could choose to run a search.  Ex: The user wants to scan
for executable files that reside in (sub)directories that are not
currently included in the path.  The search option would g...