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How do I remove the blank page which prints at the start of each print job?

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I have a remote print queue (pool of 3 HPLJ 8150's) on an AIX 5.3 system which is printing an extra blank page at the start of each print job. I have another queue which is not pooled (single printer), and that printer also happens to be the primary printer in this other queue which is pooled. The queue 'shipps' does not print the blank page, but the queue 'wareprint' does.

The relevant lines from my qconfig file are below. Would anyone have an idea why the pooled queue prints the blank page, when the queue of 1 printer(which is the first printer in the other pooled queue) does not print an extra blank page at the start of each job?

This is a work related issue so I am assigning high points to the solution.

Thanks!
++++qconfig lines for queue with multiple printers (pool)++++
wareprint:
	device = hp@ware_pik,hp@ware_pik2,hp@ware_pik3
hp@ware_pik:
	file = /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/dev/hp@ware_pik#hpJetDirect#9100
	header = never
	trailer = never
	access = both
	backend = /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd ware_pik 9100
hp@ware_pik2:
	file = /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/dev/hp@ware_pik2#hpJetDirect#9100
	header = never
	trailer = never
	access = both
	backend = /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd ware_pik2 9100
hp@ware_pik3:
	file = /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/dev/hp@ware_pik3#hpJetDirect#9100
	header = never
	trailer = never
	access = both
	backend = /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd ware_pik3 9100
++++qconfig lines for queue with single printer++++
shipps:
	device = hp@hplj8150
hp@hplj8150:
	file = /var/spool/lpd/pio/@local/dev/hp@hplj8150#hpJetDirect#9100
	header = never
	trailer = never
	access = both
	backend = /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd hplj8150 9100

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by:omarfarid
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Hi,

How print jobs are sent to print queues? You may see how to suppress banner page, etc.
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by:dfke
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Does it still print a blank page if you disable the shipps queue, send the job to it and then move job from the shipps queue to the wareprint queue?

Move with:

/usr/bin/enq -Q 'wareprint' -P 'shipps'
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Hello,

Through investigation I found that the shipps queue was configured postscript when I had configured the printer objects in the wareprint queue as PCL 6. My solution was to delete the wareprint queue and re-create it through smitty with the printer type of postscript.

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