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COMMAND WHICH RUNS NATIVELY ON BOTH WINDOWS NT AND UNIX

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009055D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Authors:
Michael Rosenthal

Abstract

The ClearCase configuration management tool supports a trigger mechanism which allows a user to define a specific action to occur when a particular type of event transpires. The action to occur can either be a command or a specified file which can be executed. The path to the specified file for execu- tion will be different on the UNIX and Windows NT platforms, so specifying an explicit path in the trig- ger definition is not possible if the triggering event can occur on both UNIX and NT platforms. The solution provided by the vendor (prior to ClearCase 3.2) requires that the location to the tile for execu- tion is determined by the user's path environment variable. Since triggers are used as an enforcement mechanism, relying on the user's path is a security loophole. The following techniques allow explicit paths to be used for both UNIX and Windows NT commands. Other applications which run on both UNIX and Windows NT platforms may also benefit from using this technique.