United States Patent 7,440,971
Toebes , et al. October 21, 2008

Context based access of files by file system to a client based on detection of related files opened by the client


A network has a file system configured for providing a selected version of a first file to a client, having requested the file, based on detecting that the client has opened a second file having an identified relationship with the first file. Files are identified as having a relationship based on membership in a file group, wherein each file group identifies only one version of each file specified in the corresponding file group; hence, multiple file groups can identify files associated with respective versions of a file set. In response to determining the first file belongs to a file group, the file system identifies the version of the second file opened by the client, and selects the version of the first file to be provided to the client based on determining the file group associated with the version of the second file opened by the client.

Inventors: Toebes; John (Cary, NC), Turner; Bryan C. (Apex, NC), Walker; Douglas Jay (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 11/067,624
Filed: February 28, 2005

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