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File Format for Packaging of System Software Updates Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013231D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Disclosed is a description of a specialized file format which is well suited for conveying both updates of system-level software (such as BIOS images, diagnostics, device drivers, management agents, etc. and important information about the software updates. The format is intended to be usable to both a human administrator and to software programs which automate some aspects of systems management. The specialized format is hereafter referred to as the Software Image File Format (or SIFF). A SIFF file consists of two main sections. A first section, which must be located at the beginning of the file, contains printable text characters followed by an End Of File character. This first section of the file is intended for use by human operators who may wish to know what type of update is contained in a specific file. The text contained in this section may be viewed by the administrator by 'typing' the file to the console or copying it to a display device such as a printer. When displayed, the operating system shows the text characters up to the End Of File character and then stops. The Figure shows an example of the text available from such a file. Figure 1. Example of SIFF File Displayed on Console. D:\images> dir /W Volume in drive D is D_VOL Volume Serial Number os 5078-9A44