• Subject: RE: Output Queue Monitoring
  • From: "Cotes, Steven" <cotess@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 13:44:47 -0800

Actual monitoring is a bit more complex.

If all you need to do is prevent large spoolfiles from printing,
that is fairly easy.
1) End any writers attached to the queue.
2) Change the OUTQD, setting MAXPAGES to desired number and
time range (00:00:00 - 23:59:59 is always).
3) Restart the writer.

ANY files with more pages than your limit and within the time range
will go on deferred (DFR) status, even if you only want to print one
page. I've done this and written up instructions for our helpdesk on how
to repeat these steps if someone has a large file, first setting the
max to higher than their file size and then back after the file is

This really saves us from those problem user queries that are queued
straight to a printer and report the same record for 1600+ pages. When
the user realizes there is a problem and kills their job, the spoolfile
doesn't immediately start printing.

Hope this helps,
 -Steve Cotes

> ----------
> From:         Gary Feinstein[SMTP:gfeinste@planethollywood.com]
> Sent:         Wednesday, October 29, 1997 9:51 AM
> To:   MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject:      Output Queue Monitoring
> Does anyone know of a way to monitor the contents of an outq? 
> Basically, I want the system to HOLD all 800+ page spool files from
> automatically printing.
> TIA,
> Gary Feinstein
> AS/400 System Administrator
> Planet Hollywood International Inc.
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