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List of users that answer any 'spool' file message

David Musgrave
Last Modified: 2018-12-12
Is it possible to retrieve a listing from audit journals  on the IBM i, of all user's that answer a 'spool' file message?
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David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

Super complex question, as this depends on...

What you mean by spooling. On one machine or all machines on a LAN or worse a WAN.

What you mean by answering a spool file message. This suggest you have some custom spooling code which interacts with users to determine targeted specific devices or say a floor in a building... as normal spoolers, just spool, rather than interacting with users.

You'll have to start from top to bottom to describe your exact setup... Including if you're using normal CUPS spooling or some other type of custom or commercial spooler software you're using.
David MusgraveIT Director


Sorry, They're called spool files on an IBM i running native IBM i OS. Spool files are 'printed' output held until printing can occur or the spool file is saved or deleted.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

What you're asking now, seems different from your original question.

Since very few people have running AIX systems, likely best if you open a ticket with IBM support + ask your question there.
David MusgraveIT Director


This isn't AIX. Working with spool files is actually pretty common. Just want to know if anyone has found a way to use Journals to see users that have answered any message regarding a spool file message. Change forms, use *STD forms, etc.
AndrewIT Consultant

Not sure the extent of journaling that applies to spoolfiles so you might want to check out this IBM document and do some testing.

Mark MurphyIT Consultant

I do not have the audit journal set up on my system, but looking at the PO journal entry, I see nowhere to find about answered messages. In addition to that, looking at the documentation for the job accounting journal, it appears that entries only appear there when a spooled file is completed printing. I believe you will have to look in the QSYSOPR message queue to see the printer messages, and who answered them.
Peter PriceIBM System I Developer

It depends on what  you mean by messages - Do you mean those asking to Load Paper etc? These typically go to a message queue associated with a writer when the writer is started.

Also it primarily depends upon whether the messages have been removed from the Queue.

It is possible to retrieve 'Old' messages from a message queue..

Certain types of messages (e.g. Load form Type) are historically available via dsplog which I guess you have already looked at using.
David MusgraveIT Director


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