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PATCH Table Generation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060500D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Cory, TM Killebrew, AJ Levine, FE Oelrich, JW [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to provide a fast and efficient Patch Table Generation File. In order to facilitate the installation of coding "Fixes" to program products, automatic patch installation tools require a file containing data which specify the locations and contents of the changed portions of the programs. The creation of this table is a cumbersome and time-consuming process which is avoided by PATCHGEN which simplifies the table creation by automatically comparing the OLD version of the program to the NEW version and creating the patch table automatically. PATCHGEN provides user-friendly prompts, informs the user where a patch was located, and provides a fast and efficient response time.