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Selectable Partition Entry Electronic Distribution System Conceptual Overview

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116195D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 104K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Campbell, BJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method relating to current software loading techniques being too slow. Also, extensive training and documentation encompassing multiple emerging system platforms affects the ability to quickly and efficiently establish file systems.

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Selectable Partition Entry Electronic Distribution System Conceptual
Overview

      Disclosed is a method relating to current software loading
techniques being too slow.  Also, extensive training and
documentation encompassing multiple emerging system platforms affects
the ability to quickly and efficiently establish file systems.

      This is especially evident as new dynamically changing system
platforms emerge with no dictation's set in reference to the
hardware, network or software configurations.  Customers migrate, as
a single entity, into a multitude of abstract system architectures.
An open system software loading technique is needed for these new
environments to assist in bringing load times, training and resource
issues under control.

      The present invention relates to a common method of loading
base operating environments regardless of the operational
characteristics inherent with the resulting indigenous local file
system(s), resulting in total file system independence and speed.

      Due to it's file system independence, the present technique is
capable of installing any file system that is based on physical disk
partitioning.  While most operating systems use file system(s) to
establish files as a common intrinsic media access unit, this
invention uses the volume's disk partition hierarchy to establish
entire file systems as it's common intrinsic media access unit.  The
contents of the file system's structures and data formats are ignored
which makes it available to copy virtually any file system type
(e.g., OS/2* HPFS, AIX*, CP/M, Netware system and data volumes.
Again,
because of this file system independence attribute, the file systems
may even be compressed, while utilizing applicable operating system's
disk compressors, and still be successfully loaded.

      The following file system types are currently identified and
reported by the present invention:
  o Free Disk Area (Unused Space)    o DOS 12 bit FAT
  o XENIX                            o DOS 16 bit FAT
  o XENIX /usr                       o Extended
  o Big DOS ( >32MB)                 o QNX
  o AIX bootable                     o OS/2 Boot Manager
  o AIX data                         o ADP/BISG Crash Dump
  o CP/M                             o GB (ADP/BISG VMM)
  o SpeedStor                        o SysV/386
  o Novell Netware                   o PC/IX
  o Mini 1.3                         o Mini 1.5
  o SpeedStor 12 bit extended        o SpeedStor 16 bit extended

      Two other designators may apply.  Entire Physical Media is not
a true file system area designator.  Instead, it is a default area
designator utilized to reflect the entire physical media.  All oth...