I was wondering if anyone one on the list has written a VB application that can achieve this.Im interested in the source code so i can see how its done and possibly use some of the code in a future NT Serviceapplication Thanks in advance Dave (Server Dave) ----- Original Message ----- From: "Brad Jensen" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 7:23 PM Subject: Re: AW: Pulling spool files off AS/400 - VB? > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "PaulMmn" <PaulMmn@ix.netcom.com> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 8:26 PM > Subject: Re: AW: Pulling spool files off AS/400 - VB? > > > > Adam, > > > > Oliver's reply made me realize that 'all' you want is a spool > queue downloader. > > That's pretty easy to do - you just set the writer on the outq to > lpr to a pc, run lpd on the pc. > > I can think offhand if it will use something in particular for the > filename. We wrote out own lpd where you can pass the file name > (and select the subdirectory to write to) with various methods. > there are extra parameter fields, or you can use the printq name > and parse it on the lpd side. > > > One product that includes this function is MetaFile. Part of > the > > package is a downloader that downloads an output queue to a > directory > > on a PC. The download can be set to run automatically every xx > > seconds. The downloaded spool file can be deleted or moved to > > another output queue. > > Our LaserVault system does something similar, but we give the user > explicit selection capabilities thru command line or cl on the > host, it seems silly to download something and erase it. > > > We have the program running on an NT server. The only drawback > with > > the version we have (2-3 years old) is that it does not run as a > > service; you need to keep a session signed on and the program > running. > > They might have a newer version that does run as a service, most > of us COLD vendors did that a couple of years ago. If not, tell me > so I can use it against them in competitive situations. That will > ge them to upgrade the product with the feature you want. > > > MetaFile is a program which archives spool files, indexes the > > contents, and allows users to find documents based on that > index. > > The archive is created and stored on a PC. Because the > retrieval is > > an index lookup, not a search, it is quick. New documents are > added > > to the index after they are downloaded. Time to add a document > to > > the index depends on the size of the document, number of words > to > > index, and the existing size of the index. > > > > Every word, character sequence, and number are indexed. You can > > search for a dollar amount listed at the bottom of an invoice, a > > customer number, a city name, a customer name. Anything. You > can > > also omit 'junk' words (like a, an, the, of, from, etc., etc.) > > > And there is an example. We have always done our indexing on > selected columns (including keys that are made up of several > different fields). Our indexing is faster than anyones (in > generation, they are all about the same in retrieval speed), but > Metafile honks on the fact we don't do full text indexing (many of > our customers use very large spool files, and full text indexing > isn't that important when you are looking up invoice numbers, > customer names, etc.) So now we are adding full text indexing. > > > You can add an overlay and view the archived spool files as if > they > > were printed on your custom forms. > > > > I don't know if they offer the download portion separately. > > They probably don't. We don't, but if there is a market for this > let me know, it would be easy to abstract it out. > > We have another feature that no other COLD vendor has, to my > knowledge - SCSI download. We can imitate a tape drive and get > stuff off the AS/400 faster than any LAN - and without loading up > the LAN. I've often thought it would be great for large data > replication work. > > > One thing that impressed us when we invited the MetaFile folks > to > > give us a demonstration: IT WORKED! We provided a PC with > Client > > Access installed (I don't recall if it was an NT machine or not; > the > > production version is running on NT). The rep installed the > software > > on the PC (no software required on the AS/400). After tweaking > the > > settings for the output queue to monitor (and, IIRC, tweaking > some > > authority), IT WORKED! Took less than 30 minutes from a > standing > > start. IT WORKED! As advertised. No messing with fancy > settings. > > No "Oh, you need to do such and such." IT WORKED!! That sold > us, > > even though there were other products we had yet to evaluate. > > > > --Paul E Musselman > > PaulMmn@ix.netcom.nospam.com > > Metafile is a good product, one of the best on the AS/400. I > didn't realize they weren't putting software on the AS/400. The > advanatage of having software on the AS/400 is the ability to > control the reports you download, the ability to append and name > them, the ability to control the PC side from the AS/400 side and > report back errors to the operator, and the ability to print back > to the AS/400. > > We've got a programmable LPD (Line Printer Daemon) which we do not > yet sell as a product. But for example, we are working on a > combination of our LPD and our Nextract data extract (if you have > used Monarch to convert reports to spreadsheets or databases, it's > similar to that but lots better). The idea is you take a report > and download it, convert it to a spreadsheet or database, and > email it, all in one function from the AS/400 side. > > I've also thought of print to LPD, and include instructions to run > x program on the file, or just email it. > > Brad Jensen > www.elstore.com > LaserVault - you might like it even better than Metafile, or maybe > not > > > _______________________________________________ > This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) mailing list > To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com > To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, > visit: http://lists.midrange.com/cgi-bin/listinfo/midrange-l > or email: MIDRANGE-Lemail@example.com > Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives > at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l. > >
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