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Extended Attribute Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120986D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Weber, OW: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a mechanism for making the contents of OS/2* Extended Attributes (EAs) available to the user in a convenient format. OS/2 Extended Attributes constitute a very convenient method of attaching profile data to a file, but, unfortunately, the DOS APIs for reading and writing EAs are so cumbersome that their use is discouraged, and there is no way to show the user the contents of the EAs in a readable form. (There needs to be an easy method of attaching profile data to a file, but, unfortunately, there is no way to show the user the contents of the EAs in a form the user can read and understand. This article describes an API (Application Programming Interface) which will enable the user to display the contents of the EAs of a file.

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Extended Attribute Display

      This article describes a mechanism for making the
contents of OS/2* Extended Attributes (EAs) available to the user in
a convenient format.  OS/2 Extended Attributes constitute a very
convenient method of attaching profile data to a file, but,
unfortunately, the DOS APIs for reading and writing EAs are so
cumbersome that their use is discouraged, and there is no way to show
the user the contents of the EAs in a readable form.  (There needs to
be an easy method of attaching profile data to a file, but,
unfortunately, there is no way to show the user the contents of the
EAs in a form the user can read and understand.  This article
describes an API (Application Programming Interface) which will
enable the user to display the contents of the EAs of a file.

      The solution is to provide a tool called EasyAs, which reads
the EAs from a file, breaks them down into the various parts of their
DIA format, and displays these EAs to the user.  Instead of seeing
unreadable hex values or limited character data, the user sees the
following:
   EA:                    Subject
   Code Page:                 850
   Character Set:             980
   Language Group:          32768
   Country ID:               1719
   National Language:        6011
   Subject:             Doughnuts

      The advantage to this solution is the time saved in the...