So I edited /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ as follow and gave it run
[SNIP - delete script]

I tried your script, and it worked for me. (FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE-p5, i5/OS V5R3M0)

I noticed that you're using an old-style rc.d script. Are you running a very old version of FreeBSD? Which version are you running?

Also, is there a reason to put all of the options into the script itself instead of creating a configuration file? Wouldn't it be easier to create a tn5250rc and put all of the options there?

Now lp5250d starts on boot, but I cannot print anything through as400.
Notice i can print anything with lpr, so that part of the setup is ok.

Okay... Is there any errors on the AS/400 side? Where do you have the messages for this printer going to? Have you looked for any error messages? Is there a job log produced? What does the job log say?

Second problem is that the daeomon will sooner or later die without
issuing any message.
I could solve this by letting svscan run it, but I would need some
switch to tell lp5250d not to fork in background. Does such a switch exist?

I'm not familiar with svscan. Is that something you installed from ports?

There's no switch to stop it from running as a daemon. If you look in the code for lp5250d, you'll see the following code. If you comment that code out, it'll stay in the foreground:

     if (tn5250_daemon (0, 0, 0) < 0)
         perror ("tn5250_daemon");
         exit (2);

I could add a +nodaemon config option, that'd be a trivial change to the code. Then you'd have it in a future release...

Is there any way to increase verbosity in order to get something useful
in the log file?

The trace file is intended to keep a log of every byte of sent/received from the AS/400 as well as every keystroke you make. That way, a developer can use it to reproduce problems with the 5250 data stream.

Unfortunately, in your case, it doesn't look like you're getting that far. There's no data exchanged between your FreeBSD box and your AS/400. This implies that you're not connecting successfully, or that the AS/400 is unable to provide a device for you to use.

For that reason, there's no data to put in the trace. Perhaps we should add more diagnostic messages relating to making a connection to the log file. But, if the error is on the AS/400 side, there won't be any diagnostics to include, since they'll be on the other side of the connection.

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