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Logging Status Information While Installing New Software

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120801D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sirkin, MJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

It is quite common for problems to arise while installing new software (bad diskettes, power surges, answering a question incorrectly). Currently, this means the user must start the installation process again, and this can be a long, tedious and annoying task.

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Logging Status Information While Installing New Software

      It is quite common for problems to arise while installing
new software (bad diskettes, power surges, answering a question
incorrectly).  Currently, this means the user must start the
installation process again, and this can be a long, tedious and
annoying task.

      The invention described here is actually very simple. As an
installation progresses, the installation program logs the progress
in a log file on a hard disk.  The installation program denotes key
points in the installation, such as each time a diskette is totally
copied to the hard disk, or when the CONFIG.SYS file is updated, or
when all of the data is verified for the installation.  Each time a
key point is reached, the program opens up the log file, logs the key
point, and closes the file.  It then continues with the installation.

      It is crucial that the program not keep the log file open while
the installation is progressing, most systems buffer output to disks.
As a result, a power failure could lose some to all of the logging
information.  By opening and closing the file before the installation
continues, the program insures that the log information is safe on
the hard disk.  Failure of power during a log file update is also not
a problem.  Most likely, the write to the log file would fail, which
would mean that a subsequent re-install would miss out on the last
diskette copied but would not repeat the rest of the wor...