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I am trying to print a total page counts on the separator page (.SEP file).
What code will allow me to print this counts?  Any suggestion?

Thank you,

Evan
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The following commands, inserted above the line that says @Lshowpage in SYSPRINT.SEP should print the postScript page count, if you precede each line with the @L separator command:

/TotalPages {
    statusdict/pagecount get exec(                )cvs
     }def
    flush

200 200 moveto
/Times-Roman findfont .5 72 mul scalefont setfont
TotalPages show

i.e. the last line should really read "@LTotalPages show". Leading spaces and blank lines are not important and can be left out. The "200 200 moveto" positions the text in points (1 inch = 72 points) and can be changed to suit. The font can also be changed easily. Note that PostScript is case sensitve.

Note that the PostScript pagecount is *not* the total number of pages the printer has actually printed. It is just the number of pages it has been instructed to print, disregarding cancelled jobs and other mishaps.
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Hi hdhondt,

WOW, it works like a charm.  And yes, it does not print the total number of pages the printer just printed.  Is there a way to know how many pages are in que?? and then print that in separator page?

Evan
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No, the printer does not know how many pages are in the queue. Without parsing the entire PostScript file, the server does not know either. If you did that you could extract the page count and pass it on to the separator page.

Some printers have hardware counters that give a more accurate idea of the real number of pages printed to date. These may or may not be accessible from PostScript. Some printers also have built-in job logging, where the printer stores the user name, file name, etc as well as the number of pages & page size for each job. Xerox printers usually have this feature - you access it by pointing your web browser at the printer's IP address.
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Some utilities like GhostScript (freeware) can tell you how many pages are in the job. However, using Windows, the problem is to interface this with the print spooler. If you were running unix it would probably not be very difficult to get GhostScript to write the number of pages to a file (or a pipe) and include the result on a separator page. It would of course impact total system performance as the server has to parse every print job from start to finish in order to compute the number of pages.

There are also (expensive) print management software packages that will do this.
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