Programming Interfaces to Configure System for Devices
Original Publication Date: 1985-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
When physical devices such as printers, modems and the like are added to a computer system, the installation process requires that configuration information, in the form of commands and data, be provided to the operating system so that the system will recognize the added devices. For users trying to add or delete devices, i.e., reconfigure the system, complex editing of several system files is required, along with several actions to get the system reconfigured for the new devices. What is needed is an easy-to-use mechanism to configure the system for additional devices. This is accomplished by providing several programming interfaces which the user employs in reconfiguring the system. The approach is easily extendible to commands the user can type on the command line of the screen.