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Combine Multiple Spool Files to One Outq

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Hello Experts,

I need to find out if there's an easy way to combine multiple spool files and have them print on one outq.  Currently we had been entering '2 change' for our spool files and then specifying 'outq(printername)'.

We've recently begin saving the print jobs as PDF instead of paper and would like to be able to combine the output into a single print job so that we're only 'printing' one pdf document instead of 5 or 10 at a time.

I should clarify that we're using an installed PDF 'printer' on Windows XP workstations and are using the iseries Printer session to redirect the output to PDF instead of a network printer.
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by:daveslater
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Hi
are they just standard SCS print files?

Dave
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by:tom_brandl_73
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yes.
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If they are all the same you can do a cpysplf to a database with the print control characters, then copy the database back through the printer file to create a single splf

dave
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by:Gary Patterson
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Download and install the MOVOUTQ utility (has a couple of other tools that are pre-requisites, so read the installation notes first.)

http://www.dbg400.net/foswiki/bin/view/DBG400/MovOutQ

- Gary Patterson
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by:tom_brandl_73
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Dave/Gary,

I was hoping that there was a simple command-line option (i.e. maybe an outq parameter) to group the files together.  The users who need to do this are not technical.  
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by:Gary Patterson
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Sounds like you already know how to do that:  put a "2' next to all of the files you want to move, type OUTQ(quenename) on the command line, and press enter.  Works for 1 or multiple files.

- Gary Patterson


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Oh, - I think I misunderstood.  You want to concatenate multiple files into a single spooled file?  Yeah, you'll have to do something like what Dave suggested.

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by:tliotta
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One minor possibility... IF you're on V6R1...

You can add "user options" to IBM 'Work with...' panels for spooled files. You might create a basic CL program that can accept each spooled file and add to an intermediate database file. Then run a second option that puts the DB file back out as a new combined spooled file...?

That might be appropriate for non-tech users.

Tom
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ok - we're on V5R4....  Yes, just wanted to concatenate multiple spooled files into one.

Thanks everyone.
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