Last Updated on 24 September 2019 by Roberto De Pedrini
This operative system’s function is not so popular but you can save some money printing AFPDS spool files to non-IPDS printers: all you need is a printer who can print pdf in streaming (pdf direct).
Here are the steps:
- spooled by a program is generated
- it is released to a virtual printer
- the latter converts it to pdf on the fly using the QSYSPRT system prtf
- at the same time, the qsysprt spool in the format of “USERASCII” is turned to a second print queue
- it turns it over to the physical printer
Here are the steps you need to take to implement the configuration
First, you need to create the printing device that points to the physical printer
CRTDEVPRT DEVD (PRTFISICA) DEVCLS(-LAN) TYPE(3812) MODEL(1) LANATTACH(-IP) PORT(9100) //to be inserted based on physical printer mark/model FONT(11 -NONE) FORMFEED('AUTOCUT') INACTTMR(-SEC15) MFRTYPMDL(-HP4) //to be inserted based on physical printer brand/model PPRSRC1(-A4) PPRSRC2(-A4) RMTLOCNAME('192.168.10.1') //printer ip address SYSDRVPGM(-HPPJLDRV) //to be inserted based on physical printer brand/model TEXT('HP Logistics Office Printer')
After that, it switches to generating an object of type “PSFCFG” that will take care of the transformation from spool to pdf
CRTPSFCFG PSFCFG(QGPL/PRTPDF) USRRSCLIBL(JOBLIBL) RLSTMR(SEC15) PRTRSPTMR(NOMAX) PDFGEN(SPLF) PDFDEVTYPE(IP40300) PDFPPRDWR1(A4) PDFPPRDWR2(A4) PDFSENDER(SPLFOWN) PDFOUTQ(QUSRSYS/PRTFISICA) TEXT('PSFCFG for PRTFISICA')
And finally, you create the device that will trigger the transformation using the object “PSFCFG” and send the print out to the physical printer
CRTDEVPRT DEVD (PRTPDF) PORT(12501) //choose a free port on your "i" with NETSTAT OPTION(-CNN) command FONT(011 "NONE") FORMFEED('AUTOCUT') RMTLOCNAME('127.0.0.1') USRDFNOBJ(QGPL/PRTPDF )PSFCFG) TEXT('Virtual printer pdf')
At this point, you just have to release the spool to the PRTPDF printer and verify that the spool is printed correctly on paper.
NB: Be careful that if the QSYSPRT has the HOLD parameter set to “YES” the release on the second output queue must be done manually: the system will wait for the user to release it to send the stream to the physical printer.