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Method to Display Messages on Hidden Console Window Disclosure Number: IPCOM000040827D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02

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Kilpatrick, PJ [+details]


Some prior art operating systems assume a physical Console where messages are written when certain system errors occur. It was assumed that the console was a physical device and that a system operator was watching it. The Console in other operating systems is just another virtual terminal or window. Because of its arcane nature, most users are better off never being exposed to it so it is initialized as a hidden window. This is fine except when messages indicating fatal system problems are written to the console. In this case, the system will crash with no visible indication being given to the user.