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Redirection of Commands in Panel Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039176D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Greene, CS Romo, CA Waters, CH [+details]

Abstract

Within UNIX*, a major feature is the ability to redirect input to a command, and output from a command to the screen, the printer, or to a file. Typically, this feature is external to the command, requires special syntax, and, for many commands, does not provide very useful information, but for others does provide very useful information. In accordance with the new method, choices are added to the panels of certain commands, allowing the user to choose whether they wanted to redirect the input or output of the command. The user was given the option of redirecting the output of the command to the "Screen," the "Printer," or a "File." In this way, a usable interface is provided to address the complexities of UNIX syntax and, in general, the memory requirements of user of UNIX commands. * Trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories.