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E-Mail File Execution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123017D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Breslau, FC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for executing a program file (such as a file with an .EXE file extension format) and one or more data files that have been attached to an email message.

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E-Mail File Execution

      Disclosed is a method for executing a program file (such as a
file with an .EXE file extension format) and one or more data files
that have been attached to an email message.

      When an email message is received which includes both an
executable file, as well as one or more data files to be used by the
executable file, the user is presented with a new option for attached
files defined as "Create Environment" (CE).  When this option is
exercised, the data is loaded into memory and a pseudo file name is
returned to the user.

      This can be done multiple times if multiple data files are
present.

      When the user wants to launch the program file, he is allowed
to give the executing program the pseudo file name from the CE option
which can be used by the program in the same manner as a fully
qualified data file.

      The program is executed with the data files until either the
program has completed, terminated abruptly, or terminated by the
user.  At that time the virtual address space is released.  This
allows an E-mail message with its attached files to be stored and
reexecuted without the need for storing the files which may be
precluded if insufficient storage space exists.

      If the user desires, the files may be detached, stored and
executed.