Denis,

I just tried the DESTOPT('XAUTOQ XAIX') parameter. It did not handle the
number of copies or page range parameters. I first did a CHGOUTQ command.
Then I even did a CRTOUTQ with the DESTOPT parameter on it. The AS/400 I
tried this on is at V3R2. The TCP/IP printer is a HP IIIsi with an internal
Jet Direct Ethernet card. Does this just work on certain levels of OS/400?
I haven't heard of this fix so I was very eager to try it out.

I think the large amount of complaining is coming from the expectation that
functionality of a feature to always be brought forward. On our direct
attach printers, we have full function with the parameters on a spool file.
Same goes for a printer started with a PC5250 printer session on most
protocols. When the TCP/IP print feature came out, we jumped all over it
because it provided a AS/400 printer to anyone who has a printer on the
network. No new cards, no additional cost, no helping users with printer
sessions (has anybody started the printer yet?)--we just used what was
already there. Then, the printer savvy users tried to print pages 1-5 of a
500 page report and all 500 pages came out. So, I have to explain to the
users that IBM didn't provide the page range feature for this type of
printing. They don't understand why it doesn't work when their old PC5250
printer sessions did. Also, it causes them to question my abilities (some
users think that I don't know how to make it work so they think that I'm
just saying that IBM doesn't support it). This is then one step forward,
two steps back.

While on the soapbox, I feel that features should not be hard to find. To
me, undocumented (or buried deep on one page of a 500 page IBM manual) = no
feature. If I have to spend a whole day to find something, then it isn't
well documented. That just shouldn't happen any more. Especially with the
internet, manuals on CD-ROM, etc.

Thanks for any more help that you can provide on this feature.

Mark Welte







DRobitaille@Cascades.com on 05/04/98 08:23:04 AM

Please respond to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com

To:   MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
cc:    (bcc: MARK WELTE/DMTN)
Subject:  Re: TCP/IP Printing, # of Copies




When you create the OUTQ for your HP printer, be sure to specify the
keyword
DESTOPT('XAUTOQ XAIX')
This will fix the number of copies problem for sure and i think also the
page range problem.
By the way, i am surprised to read all the bitching (sorry for the term,
english is not my first language) about TCPIP lack of feature. Sure some
thigns are lacking, but lots of thing are there, they are just hard to
find.
Denis Robitaille
Cascades inc.
Tel: 819-363-5187
DRobitaille@cascades.com



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