I have one heck of a flaky situation. First, about two weeks ago Icool.
connected a PC printer in our warehouse manager's office to our System
(V5R1) via PC5250 printer emulation. Worked great - until yesterday.
The reports, documents, etc., for the two girls in the office started
printing to this new printer (BB), even though the OCL or CL
explicitly referenced a different printer. I even changed a procedure
so that the report (a one-pager) would be put on Hold. The @#$% thing
not only went to BB even though P6 was explicitly defined, but it was
released. I ran the same procedure from my workstation and everything was
to go to BB.
I had a few more scenarios that I wanted to run through today, but we
had a disk drive reporting as failed when I got in this morning.
Thought that might have priority over my silly little problem.
After the system came back up, miraculously, the girls reports,
checks, etc., went to the correct printer. HOWEVER, the warehouse
manager's stuff that should go to P7 (his twinax line printer) now wanted
when I was logged in at his terminal (twinax), the documents printed
on P7 without a hitch.
Okay, I admit to being throughly confused, but it gets better/worse.
I stopped his printer emulation of BB, completely closed the emulation
session (X-ed it out), restarted the BB emulation session from ground
icon) - and everything for everybody is printing where it is supposed to.
Which makes everyone ecstatic.
Except me. I don't know what started this, nor when/if it will rear
its ugly head. I had planned to test out various combinations of
user profiles to try to narrow down the problem at least somewhat.
I did think about the out queues, and the correct out queue was
assigned to the correct device. That wouldn't have explained the
I can't even test out any suggestions since things are (apparently)
working now. But for future reference, when it happens again, has
anyone seen anything like this before and/or got clue(s) what to look
for the next time it happens (cause I know it will - and at the worst
Jerry C. Adams
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer.
- Lester Maddox
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