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OS/2: Multiple Specification Within Path and File Name

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121931D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Smith, MD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a method for which OS/2* will allow multiple executable file names within the "Path and file name:" entry field of the program properties panel. The first file found in the specified sequence of file names is executed and all following files are ignored.

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OS/2: Multiple Specification Within Path and File Name

      This article describes a method for which OS/2* will
allow multiple executable file names within the "Path and file name:"
entry field of the program properties panel. The first file found in
the specified sequence of file names is executed and all following
files are ignored.

      The OS/2 Desktop Manager allows users to specify program
groupings. These groupings contain execution information (properties)
for each program. Each program has among its many properties
information for program title, path and file name, parameters and
working directory.

      The first file found in the specified sequence of file names is
executed and all following files are ignored. Each path and file name
is separated from the next by a delimiting protocol. The search
sequence will begin with the first path and file name in the list and
if invalid the next path and file name are searched for. This
sequence is followed for all path and file names until a valid
executable is found or the list is exhausted. If the list is
exhausted, an appropriate message is displayed.

      With Local Area Network (LAN) environments becoming more and
more prevalent, this added functionality allows backup specification
when one or more LAN servers' services are not responding to a
requester.

      This invention allows users to specify the location of a
preferred executable and also to specify the location of one or more
backup...