Hi Marty,

I'm sure Joe is correct: you're getting an SCS data stream. We (or you) could get into what's required to parse it properly, but I'm a lazy programmer. I'd do the same as outside Java: use CPYSPLF and read the resulting output.

You may be in a situation where efficiency is critical enough that reading the stream directly is important, but even then I'd check exactly what's going on first. CPYSPLF and read should be sufficient for the 80/20 (or more) rule. As far as I know, it should also work for any printer stream type (but worth checking; I haven't done that for a while.)

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Joe Pluta" <joepluta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Java Programming on and around the iSeries / AS400'" <java400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: Reading spool file with Java

Hi Marty!

Is the "junk" hex data or text? It's been a little while since I looked at
the data in depth, but it might be the printer control information (space
and skip) from the file. I'll check my code.


From: Urbanek, Marty

Based on code from the java400-l archives, I've been trying to read a
spool file using Java with the Java Toolbox. The following code works,
but there is a lot of "junk" mixed in with the report text. I'm pretty
sure this "junk" is printer control info. How do I eliminate it or parse
it so I will be left with only the human-readable text?

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