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Program Distribution on Optional Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060468D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Battista, RJ Freeman, HL Odim, FD [+details]

Abstract

Programming support for a processor typically is distributed on diskettes, since diskettes appear to be a universal medium. Tape is another device upon which distribution could be accomplished. Often, however, the tape device is an optional feature which is separately priced, and support for the device would be required before this optional device could be used to install the support. The method by which this problem is solved is as follows: 1. Tape support is always included as part of the distribution medium and those programs are always copied onto the system library. 2. The tape program primary entry points have tests to ensure that their evocation is valid. 3. Validity of use is facilitated by two global indicators: a. Indicator 1 is set by the configuration/maintenance program only while its job is running. b.