• Subject: Re: Spool & Forms Printing
  • From: MacWheel99@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 14:37:55 EST

>  From:    freiss47@yahoo.com (Frank Reiss)

>   Are there any products or free programs that greatly simplify the forms 
> printing merge with spool file process, that would make it possible to be 
> largely user controlled?
>  
>  Thanks,
>  
>  Frank

Frank, I have created some very simple CL programs that put things like 
WRKSPLF into a CL that is off of a menu inside our ERP.  Then we teach people 
how to work WRKSPLF & invite them to explore how it appears at different F21 
settings & walk thru the F11 set, and do F22 occasionally to see which 
printers we have & which are currently busy ... Oh and when you are on that 
list - do 8 to see what waiting in line to print & F11 to see other views of 
the details.

We went into WRKCFGSTS *DEV for our printers & changed the text description 
so it says something like 

EV Ship - meaning the shipping printer in the EV building
EV Pur - meaning the printer in the purchasing department of the EV building
GW QC - meaning the printer in the Quality Control department of the GW 
building

This makes it real easy for any user to see what printer is where.
I sometimes find it hard to remember ... PRT03 is which one again?
If I have that problem, you can be sure most of my users also have it.

Also when IBM auto-config creates a DSP05 or whatever for a new connection, 
we go there & rename it to something like

LRAW5 - meaning session # 5 of the display stations in the raw materials area 
of the L building - so we can do a WRKCFGSTS *DEV L* to see what the status 
is of all the devices in the L building

You want to avoid having zillions of names of devices that are Greek to 
everyone.

The biggest problem we have over the years of recent memory is that 99% of 
the users have a home PC & identify with computer processing as being ME 
doing this ONE TASK & send it to MY PRINTER ... there is this disconnect with 
the reality that we have a NETWORK of sorts with MANY USERS connected to the 
files and MANY USERS sharing the printer.

This leads to a lot of difficulties with people doing things that mess up 
other people print outs, and the concept of JOBQ seeming like it must be 
rocket science to some people.

MacWheel99@aol.com (Alister Wm Macintyre) (Al Mac)
AS/400 Data Manager & Programmer for BPCS 405 CD Rel-02 mixed mode (twinax 
interactive & batch) @ http://www.cen-elec.com Central Industries of 
Indiana--->Quality manufacturer of wire harnesses and electrical 
sub-assemblies - fax # 812-424-6838

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