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Concept and GUI for Logging Resolved Problems in a Distributed System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112769D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Banda, VP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

When problems arise in a distributed system, they are reported to a central site where a system administrator can see them. After a problem is resolved, the administrator may want to keep it in a log. In a distributed system, the administrator will want to maintain multiple logs, perhaps one for each system or one for each application reporting a problem. There needs to be a user-friendly way to create and maintain multiple logs, and to allow the administrator to specify which log to use at any given time.

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Concept and GUI for Logging Resolved Problems in a Distributed System

      When problems arise in a distributed system, they are reported
to a central site where a system administrator can see them.  After a
problem is resolved,  the administrator may want to keep it in a log.
In a distributed system, the administrator will want to maintain
multiple logs, perhaps one for each system or one for each
application reporting a problem.  There needs to be a user-friendly
way to create and maintain multiple logs, and to allow the
administrator to specify which log to use at any given time.

      Since OS/2* 2.x has a GUI, a single folder is defined to hold
all problems reported in the distributed system.  Another folder is
defined to hold a collection of logs (in the LAN NetView* product,
the logs are called archives).  The system supplies a default log.
The administrator can create new archives and name them however they
want to.  In LAN NetView, consistent with the OS/2 2.x GUI, the
administrator can create another archive by either dragging a
template or by selecting "create another" from another archive.

      One archive is designated as being the "active" archive.  When
a problem is archived, it will be placed in the active archive.  The
active archive is designated by an icon overlay.  The active
archive's name is also displayable from the closed collections
folder.

      This provides a solution that fits well in the OS/2 Desktop
environment, g...