PSF for AIX and PSM questions
ABSTRACT: PSF for AIX and PSM questions
SEARCH ARG: psf/6000 rip
TOPIC THREAD: PRINT
Customer is exploring printing LAN data to a PSF/6000-driven printer
and has some questions I haven't been able to find a definite answer to:
1) Can I print native TIFF or does it have to be wrapped in some form
2) What is the RIP type used to RIP the Postscript into IPDS ?
3) Will PSF for AIX RIP & Print at the same time or does the entire
RIP have to be complete before printing ?
In a related question, does PSM have an interface to JES or is it
just JES-like in its function? They think they want to have JES
control of their network printers (or at least the one to which all
of this Postscript printing is going).
R1) PSF/AIX does not accept TIFF as an input data stream. However, the
InfoPrint Manager for AIX product (5648-B34) does include a tiff2afp
transform. PSF/AIX will accept TIFF within PostScript wrappers.
R2) The current RIP that is used in the ps2afp transform is based on the
Xionics (formerly Phoenix) transform; Level 2 PostScript is supported.
The InfoPrint Manager for AIX product uses the Adobe PostScript
transforms for its base and its optional Extreme RIPs.
R3) If the job can be submitted through PSF/AIX's Input Manager, i.e.,
through "smit psf" or through the psfin command or through MVS Download,
PSF/AIX can segment the job and begin printing before the job is
R4) PSM does not have an interface to the JES spool. Since the
PostScript jobs would be coming into PSF/AIX from the LAN, I don't
know of any way to have JES control that printer, unless you want to
look at the forthcoming upload-and-print capability of PSF/MVS and PSF
for AIX--you could set up an upload queue that would take in PostScript,
rip it to AFPDS, upload it to the host, reblock it (automatically) and
then route it to a PSF/MVS-owned printer or using PSF Direct back
down to a PSF/AIX-owned printer. Control would remain at JES in either
case. (But that's pretty convoluted and would add some load on their
network bandwidth to move all this around.)
Need additional information.
5) You said we can RIP and Print concurrently; can we do multiple
6) They want to attach a 3900 to a RS/6000 and print host data and
LAN data, preferably with JES control of at least the host data.
PSF Direct allows JES control, but can we also print LAN data in
R5) Yes if running multiple ps2afpd daemons; see ASKQ item RTA000037105.
R6) You can share a printer between PSF Direct (for host jobs) and
PSF/AIX (for LAN jobs) through a system of timeouts and PSF/MVS
startup proc parameters. The best description of how this can
work is in the PSF Direct Network Configuration Guide for S/370
(S544-5287) in Chapter 10, "Using One PSF for AIX Printer to Print
Data from Multiple Sources". Also see RTA000091290 and BLD FLASH
9602 for other helpful information. Note that PSF Direct is an
JES will control the jobs submitted from MVS, and AIX will
control jobs submitted from the LAN.
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have additional questions.
S e a r c h - k e y w o r d s:
AIX PSF PSF/6000 POSTSCRIPT RIP TIFF DIRECT JES SHARE psf/aix sna
xionics adobe tiff2afp ps2afp
WWQA: ITEM: RTA000098157 ITEM: RTA000098157
Dated: 11/1998 Category: XPSF6000
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