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Thank you for the thread and explanations. It's a keeper for my notes.

3. Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files (Charles Wilt)
4. Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files (Charles Wilt)
5. RE: [EXTERNAL] Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files
(Alan Shore via MIDRANGE-L)


message: 3
date: Tue, 5 Jul 2022 13:10:29 -0600
from: Charles Wilt <charles.wilt@xxxxxxxxx>
subject: Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files

Are you actually dealing with an *IPDS spool file?

Printer device type . . . . . . . . . : *IPDS

That's likely the reason.

The ACS viewers and PDF conversion work with the *AFPDS datastream, not *IPDS as far as I know.


You should be able to change the printer file from DEVTYPE(*IPDS) to
DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) and the ACS or PDF conversions suggested will work.

What may not work is actually printing the spool file. You may need to re-create the printer device as TYPE(*IPDS) AFP(*YES). Which last I heard still requires Print Services Facility (PSF) https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/i/7.4?topic=afp-planning__;!!JAIo9NhAvg!plzeZ1xYYMwUNlTLye4oSxFZGb1kVpRz7NXRBDXpafbI6jBURK_8wWDKfeDNyLoLJKkvOosmQhHGertQb2bPUyeV1QRhQrs-mA$

However, if you're currently printer to a printer defined with TYPE(*IPDS)
AFP(*NO) over the network, then you should already have it installed.

Way back when, you could print to a *IPDS only printer connected via twinax without PSF. But I can't imagine you're using twinax printers now-a-days.


On Fri, Jul 1, 2022 at 12:41 PM Alan Shore via MIDRANGE-L < midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi everyone
We are on V7r3
We create an ipds spool file but when it comes time to actually look
at it, the system says that we cannot do so The following message is
displayed File SKDTAGUK number 1 cannot be displayed, copied, or sent.
Prompting this message, the following is dosplayed
Additional Message Information

Message ID . . . . . . : CPF3429 Severity . . . . . . . : 30
Message type . . . . . : Diagnostic
Date sent . . . . . . : 07/01/22 Time sent . . . . . . :

Message . . . . : File SKDTAGUK number 1 cannot be displayed, copied, or
Cause . . . . . : File SKDTAGUK number 1 job 181269/SKDTAG45C/TNTITANSC1
created on system NBTYS20 on 07/01/22 12:24:38 cannot be displayed,
or sent. Reason code is 2. If the member option (MBROPT) parameter is
specified as *REPLACE on the Copy Spooled File (CPYSPLF) command,
was cleared.
1 - The file has no records.
2 - The file contains only blank records, graphics, bar codes, or
intelligent printer data stream (IPDS) transparent data.
3 - The file contains only ASCII data intended for a personal computer


We have to make a change to this spool file, but how can we look at it
to determine that the change is good As we are working from home -
printing the spool file will be somewhat difficult Is there some way
via ACS to view this spool file As always - all responses gratefully

Alan Shore
Solutions Architect
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message: 4
date: Tue, 5 Jul 2022 13:26:05 -0600
from: Charles Wilt <charles.wilt@xxxxxxxxx>
subject: Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files

On Tue, Jul 5, 2022 at 1:10 PM Charles Wilt <charles.wilt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

You should be able to change the printer file from DEVTYPE(*IPDS) to
DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) and the ACS or PDF conversions suggested will work.

Just to be clear, change the PRTF object from DEVTYPE(*IPDS) to
DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) and re-run the job that creates the spool file.

The resulting *AFPDS spool file will be convertible to PDF and can be viewed in ACS or downloaded.



message: 5
date: Tue, 5 Jul 2022 20:02:33 +0000
from: Alan Shore via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Re: FW: Viewing ipds spool files

Hi Charles
Thanks for this info
This is VERY helpful

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