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Method to Control Software-Update Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039139D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Emry, CA Kuykendall, DW [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to enable a program update process to automatically apply only to those updates that are required by a user based on his current system level. Software updates for multiple licensed program products are packaged together on the same distribution media. Consequently, all of the updates since the last major release of each licensed program product have to be included. The update process needs to automatically apply only those updates that are required by a user based on his current system level. The reason for this is evident from the following real situation. Assume two different users, on System A and System B, and that both have the same licensed program product installed with the same major release number.