Dear Ryan,

To resolve your current problem, you need to create a customized version of
the *OKI321IBM print driver on your host. In IBM iSeries - AS/400 host
server terminology, this is called making a Workstation Customization

The reason that you need to perform this operation is that true IBM system
attachable impact printers support three print qualities, *DRAFT, *STD
(standard), and *NLQ. When creating a print driver to convert IBM iSeries or
AS/400 server SCS print streams to an equivalent for an ASCII impact
printer, the *STD selection is frequently mapped to NLQ on the ASCII printer
instead of draft.

The IBM knowledge base article that describes the change you will need to
make will be found at the following URL:


Best Regards,

Paul Tykodi
National Product Manager
Intermate US Inc.

p: 603-431-0606 x115
f: 603-436-6432

>Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 16:33:00 -0600
>Subject: [LINUX5250] Host Print Transform & lp5250d using NLQ instead of
>(Forgive me if I get some terminology wrong, I'm pretty green with the
>I'm working with an iSeries V4R3 and a linux based thin client.  I have
>had outstanding luck so far with the actual emulator and I am now working
>on getting Host Transform Printing up and going with an Okidata Microline
>321 printer.  I think I'm about 90% there but I'm having a slight problem.
> First, I start lp5250d with the following command:
>lp5250d env.DEVNAME=P6 env.IBMTYPMDL='*OKI321IBM'
>This creates my out queue and I am able to verify that the settings are
>correct with the Display Device Description command.  At this point, I can
>move spool-files into the out queue, release them,  and they are printed
>as expected - works GREAT!!!
>Here is my problem, everything that I print to the Microline is printed in
>Near Letter Quality (NLQ) and I need it in UTL for speed and various other
>reasons.  I have verified that the spool-file setting PRTQLTY is set to
>*DRAFT using the Change Spooled File Attributes command but that doesn't
>seem to make a difference (I've tried a number of different parameters for
>this field with no change in results).  On the thin client side, lpd is
>set to a raw print queue so it shouldn't be affecting this in any way.
>Does anybody have any idea as to what would cause this?
>Thanks in advance! :)
>Ryan Hughes
>Intranet Team Leader
>O'Reilly Automotive

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