Updated: 1/18/2022, 5:31:44 PM
Created: 1/18/2022, 5:31:44 PM
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Spooler: Create new FILE device type to send output to an Operating System file
# Previous Release Behavior
There was no intrinsic method for depooling a print job directly to an operating system file. The only way it could be done was with the SP-EDIT command with the (I) option.
# Current Release Behavior
This release features a new FILE device type. This new device type can be utilized from the SP-STATUS menu, the SP-CREATE command or the SP-DEVICE command.
To create a new form queue with a FILE device type:
SP-CREATE queuename FILE device
To change (or update) an existing form queue:
SP-DEVICE queuename FILE device
The device can be:
- a full file path
- a relative file path
- just the name of the file, in which case it will be placed in the current directory
The device can contain Special Character Strings, converted as follows:
String Converted to: ====== ============= $EnvVar The value of the specified Environment Variable Do NOT use the Windows %enviromment_variable% syntax! %a Account name %u Username %q Queue name %j Job number %p Port number This is the port number the queue is running on, not the user's port number. %d Internal date %t Internal time %k Creates a unique Key" %m Returns 1/1000 seconds past midnight (1/10 seconds for ROS) %h Hostname %s Directory separator ("/" or "\" depending on the platform) %% A literal "%" (a single "%" is ignored) chars All other characters are taken literally Spaces (and strings of spaces) in the device name are converted to a single underscore "_" when the a job is despooled. Special Character Strings are case insensitive (%A is the same as %a).
SP-CREATE TEXT FILE /tmp/file.txt "/tmp/file.txt" will be overwritten each time a job is despooled to the TEXT form queue.
SP-CREATE QJ %q%j Creates files in the current directory. The file name will consist of the queue name concatenated with the print job number, for example, QJ42.
SP-CREATE UNIQUE FILE $JBCRELEASEDIR%stmp%s%k Creates files in the jBASE "tmp" directory with a unique key.
SP-DEVICE FILE2 FILE %sdbms%sFTP%s%a_%q_%j Changes the device in the FILE2 form queue from whatever it was to create files in the "/dbms/FTP" directory with filename consisting of the "account name", "form queue name" and "spooler job number".
SP-CREATE TABLE FILE $JBCRELEASEDIR%stmp%stable_%j_%a_%u.txt" This form queue will create a file in the "$JBCRELEASEDIR/tmp" directory ("%JBCRELEASEDIR%\tmp" on Windows) something like: table_42_heartofgold_marvin.txt where: "table", ".txt" and all "_"s are plain text "42" is the spooler job number "heartofgold" is the account name "marvin" is the user name
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