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Interactive user assistance during massive file system operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243472D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Interactive user assistance during massive file system operations

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Interactive user assistance during massive file system operations

Computer users often need to perform operations on massive number of files. This is

when copying data between two file systems, performing backup of data, searching file system for specific file(s), etc. In all these activities when huge number of files is involved, user often looks at the progress seeing path with quickly changing right hand side part of it containing file name. Often user would like to skip operations under given part of file system, but this would require stopping the whole operation, removing given file system part from the scope of it and starting again. This usually would start the

whole procedure from the very beginning, so user typically needs to wait until given part of file system is processed and operation continues and can not impact this delay by instrumenting the system to skip the un-needed part. This article presents proposition how the user experience can be highly improved in such cases.

The general idea is to allow the user to interact with the process by clicking in given place in the file system path presented as currently being processed and this way asking for skipping processing of the file system part below this place of file system tree. The process would continue but user would not have to wait until not needed part of file system is processed.

Below are two examples presenting possible practical implementations of the idea described above:

Searching for a file on disk using any tool with graphical user interface (GUI)


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Using GUI based application for performing data backup on a computer


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Example 1: Searching for a file on disk using any tool with GUI

I want to look for a file called ala.txt on my laptop with Windows OS. I use search function of my favorite tool for browsing file system. I type file name and start search in the wh...