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Method to Finally "Commit" a Set of Recently Applied Software Updates

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039141D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Emry, CA Hagler, BJ Hayes, GE [+details]

Abstract

A method is described which, after a set of updates are applied, provides the user with a test period where he can insure that the recent updates do not perturb his system in some unexpected way. After the test period, the method permits the user to either "commit" or "reject" the updates. Software updates for multiple licensed program products (LPPs) are sometimes packaged together on the same distribution media. The user selects LPPs for which he wants to apply updates. After the updates are applied, he needs to be able to selectively "commit" or "reject" the complete set of updates for each LPP based on the results of a test period. Without this reject capability, the user would have to either restore a system backup or reinstall the LPP that he wants to reject and then reapply any previous updates to that LPP.