Timing that was reported to me was:
It took 2.2421 minutes to print a single facesheet. It took 1.0178m
from the time the print job was activated to when the printer even
began receiving the transmission. Then took another 1.2243 m to
process the information and print the actual documen.
The data sent to the printer to print a facesheet is minimal. The
printer uses a forms chip to create the form and fill it in from the
data stream. This is almost always a double sided form with supplied
data for both sides. I think I counted the number of lines sent as
being 33 lines of text. Longest line is 40 characters. Shortest line
is 1 character.
Run wrkshrpool, shows *SPOOL as a defined size of 439.56 M, Max active 33.
Don't know, yet, if pool is faulting.
On Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM, Musselman, Paul
How long is "too long?"
Are you by chance printing with overlays? If so, and if the printer is merely an AFP printer, the iSeries must build a bitmap of each page being printed and send it to the printer. If you use IPDS, with an IPDS-capable printer, the overlay is sent to the printer once, and married to the variable data as each page flits past-- must faster! There are stand-alone IPDS interfaces-- one is a device much like a jet-direct box for a single printer, another handles 3 printers. Unfortunately, I can't recall the manufacturer's name at the moment!
Of course, this difference in speed mostly affects remote locations with long communication lines. Generally, locally-attached AFP printers can handle limited amounts of overlay traffic without slowing things down too much.
If the device is a network printer (ie it has its own IP address) it should work better than a remote outq. Remote outqs don't have some of the controls to start printing and a certain page, hold and restart, etc. (I think multiple copies may be affected as well, but don't quote me!).
Paul E Musselman
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