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Coordinating Task Termination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038838D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Rosenquist, LA Snyder, JW [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for coordinating the termination of multiple tasks. In a multitasking environment it is important to coordinate the completion of tasks to ensure that a partially completed task is not left in the middle of processing a task. If partial completion is allowed, the next invocation of the task can result in unpredictable results. The solution is to prompt the user with a message saying: < Press the Alt + Esc to ensure that the End Task completes > If any other key is pressed, the user will be presented again with the prompt. When the Alt + Esc keys are pressed, the task end processing is executed. This causes the task running to completion before the other application ends, leaving the task suspended in storage.