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User Interface for Software Installation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115016D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brightly, P: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is an improved user interface for the installation of software programs. For example, various of the improvements of this interface have been applied to theinstallation of the IBM OS/2* 2.0 operating system, providing for unattended installation from a variety of sources along with additional configuration flexibility (*).

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User Interface for Software Installation

      Disclosed is an improved user interface for the installation of
software programs.  For example, various of the improvements of this
interface have been applied to theinstallation of the IBM OS/2* 2.0
operating system, providing for unattended installation from a
variety of sources along with additional configuration flexibility
(*).

      The Figure is a block diagram showing how various installation
programs are chained together.  In the example of OS/2, the software
for an entire workstation can be installed with the operating system.
When the OS/2 installation program completes, it passes control to
another installation program specified in a response file.  At this
point, the OS/2 installation program exits memory to free resources
for the next installation program.  This next program similarly
passes control to a following installation program, in a process
which is repeated until the last installation program is completed.
At various points, user exits may be executed, with subsequent return
to the calling program before chaining to the next installation
program.

      The improved interface allows the installation program to
determine the source of source files without intervention by the user
or by the response file.  In the OS/2 application, a disketteless
migration feature allows the migration of a workstation having an
installed level of DOS and an installed level of OS/2 1.x to the next
release l...