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Touchless Method for Instrumenting Silent Install Progress

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125889D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Disclosed is a method for Instrumenting "Silent Install" Progress of multiple products without access to internal specifics/progress of individual installs

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Touchless Method for Instrumenting Silent Install Progress

Some Software Solutions want to install multiple products (DB2, WAS, ITDS, etc) and want a nice Umbrella Installer to install these. They may even want to install the software distributed on multiple machines. To do this, they typically call the underlying product's silent install program. The total install progress can take hours with large products, and can vary greatly depending on the speed of machines and network speed.

The obvious solution is for the silent install program to incorporate a callback mechanism to provide this information to the Umbrella Installer. This silent install programs typically have no callback to give them progress monitoring capability. The problem is, many of these silent install programs are not controlled by IBM, and even if they were, the individual products within the solution are not within a release cycle where they can update any of the installation code.

Silent install programs usually generate log files, with informational messages about the installation progress.

So, the idea is, create an agent that monitors the silent install log file (since this does not require hooks into the silent install program), to estimate completion time and send back progress information.

To know how far along it is, you have to seed it with "see this, it means x% progress".

The Umbrella installer could then provide information, like "45% complete, estimating 32 minutes to complete", l...