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Fail-Safe Message for "Insufficient Disk Space"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111998D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill, LM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In current systems, users can frequently receive messages indicating that there is insufficient disk space to perform the current task. In order to proceed, users must interrupt and exit the current task, access a file manager function, and delete files to free up disk space. They must then restart the task to continue. This can be a frustrating and time-consuming series of steps.

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Fail-Safe Message for "Insufficient Disk Space"

      In current systems, users can frequently receive messages
indicating that there is insufficient disk space to perform the
current task.  In order to proceed, users must interrupt and exit the
current task, access a file manager function, and delete files to
free up disk space.  They must then restart the task to continue.
This can be a frustrating and time-consuming series of steps.

      A solution is described that would allow users to clear disk
space while they are in the current task without having to exit to a
file manager function to delete files.  Two possible implementations
follow:

o   Manual implementation - in this approach, a dialog box is
    presented to the user along with a message.  The dialog gives the
    user access to files on the current disk.  The user has the
    option of deleting files or compressing them to clear disk space.
    The user simply selects one or more files and then selects the
    delete or compress action.  Additionally, the error message will
    indicate to the user how much disk space is needed to continue
    the task.  The dialog box will provide feedback to the user on
    how much disk space is available as the user deletes or
    compresses files.

o     Automatic implementation - in this approach, controlled by
    options in a Settings function, the user can choose for the
    system to automatically compress files...