We need more details.   I understand that they're stopping & starting the
writer.   But, saying "they start and stop the writer and lp5250d doesn't
work" isn't enough information.

So, please...   When the writer stops and/or starts, what happens?   Do
you get an error?  Does lp5250d stop running?  Does the printer
malfunction in some way, and if so, what way?

Have you tried using the normal lpd instead of lp5250d?  Does a print
using lpr on the FreeBSD machine work?

Do they do anything else besides just ending the writer?  Do they vary it
off, and then back on again?

On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 wrote:

> The problem is that the software in RPG (bus ticket) does this operation
> (END / START writer)  other applications from printing to it, it's really
> a stupid operation but the vendors of the software said that they can not
> change that.
> Every printing is working fine, the only program that don't work is that
> one that prints the bus ticket, using that stupid end/start writer operation.
> The same operation is working using client access.
> Luis Otavio Da Ros Ribas
> ----
> To try to understand your predicament, I did the following:
>     1) Started up lp5250d on my FreeBSD 4.6-RELEASE system.
>      2) Logged on to the AS/400
>      3) Ended the print writer with: ENDWTR PRT01 *IMMED
>      3) Re-started the print writer with: STRPRTWTR PRT01
>      4) Sent a report to the printer.
>      5) The report printed correctly.
> You say "Aparently AS/400 x lp5250d can't do Start / End Writer
>  correctly." Why do you say that? From my test, above, it appears
>  to work correctly. What are you expecting it to do differently?
> Do you have the same problem when you print from FreeBSD directly? Or
>  only when you use lp5250d?
> What's the reason for stopping & starting the writer in the first place?
>  I've never heard of someone doing this. Are you trying to prevent other
>  applications from printing to it?
> In addition to using lp5250d, you could also consider using the normal
>  FreeBSD lpd to receive spooled files from your AS/400. It doesn't have
>  as many options as lp5250d does, but it might be one way to avoid using
>  Windows.
> On Tue, 20 Aug 2002 wrote:
>  >
>  > I am using FreeBSD with a minimal install for use only as terminals to
>  > our AS/400. I have installed TN5250 and it works great, but I'm having
>  > some problems with the lp5250d server.
>  >
>  > We use a system to sell bus tickets that need to have the writer (printer)
>  > "ended" to work. The printing operations works like that: Start writer
> /
>  > send report / End writer.
>  > Aparently AS/400 x lp5250d can't do Start / End Writer correctly. This
> is
>  > the only report that can not be printed... (Probably because this Start/End
>  > operation)...
>  >
>  > Any sugestion ? I just can not get used to the idea of using M$ Windows
>  > / Client Access again... :-)
>  >
>  > Thanks in advance for the help.
>  >
>  > Luis Otavio Da Ros Ribas
>  > IT Manager
>  > Sulamericana Transportes Ltda
>  > Curitiba - Parana - Brazil
>  >

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