PSF Other-driver printer

Create a PSF Other-driver actual destination to represent a PCL printer. By default, a PSF Other-driver printer transforms all incoming data streams into either PCL4, PCL5, PCL5C, PCL6, or PPDS before sending the job to your printer. The actual destination submits jobs to the printer through the AIX backend program that is defined on the printer command (just like an AIX DSS). Before creating a PSF Other-driver actual destination, you should review the special processing considerations for jobs submitted through this type of actual destination that are described in Processing concerns when using the PCL Secondary.

By setting the document-formats-ripped-at-destination actual destination attribute, you can specify particular document-formats (such as PostScript and PCL) that will not be transformed by InfoPrint Manager. Using this attribute, you can eliminate the performance overhead of having PCL and PostScript documents transformed into Advanced Function Presentation data and then into PCL image data when your printer is capable of accepting those data streams.

The use of certain job and document attributes requires the actual destination to transform a job even if the job's document format is listed on the document-formats-ripped-at-destination attribute. For example, if you submit a PostScript job that contains the document attributes form-definition and output-format, InfoPrint must transform this job to honor these attributes. For a complete list of the attributes that force InfoPrint to transform the job, see Document attributes that cause a job to be transformed, Job attributes that cause a job to be transformed, and PSF header sheet attributes that cause a job to be transformed.

If the printer you are defining is not an SNMP printer, you must configure the psf-tray-characteristics attribute to specify the input tray values (paper types) that the printer supports. For more information about the paper type limitations, see InfoPrint Manager: Reference.

Before creating a PSF Other-driver printer, complete this worksheet.

PSF Other-driver printer worksheet

Wizard prompt Description Value
Name The name for the actual destination object (64-character limit).  
Server The InfoPrint server that controls this actual destination.  
Model This single-valued attribute indicates the make and model of the printer device represented by the PSF-other actual destination.

Select the printer model from the pull-down list in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI or enter a value.

The value you specify must match the file prefix of a file in the /usr/lpd/pio/predef directory. For example, one of the files for a 4029 printer is ibm4029.asc. Therefore, the value you specify is ibm4029.

Note: Specifying the predef format is optional for InfoPrint printers that appear in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI drop-down list, but it is required for all other printers. 1

Examples from the predef directory:

  • hplj-3si
  • lexOptraN

Example from the pull-down list:IBMNetworkPrinter12

SNMP TCP/IP address The IP address used to access this printer. This value is used only for SNMP printers.  
Device The AIX device name. Leave this column blank.
Printer command

The printer command that submits a job to this destination. Include the full path name for the AIX print driver that came with your model printer.

This full path name is the command that would appear in the /etc/qconfig file if you had created an AIX queue for your printer.

As an alternative, you could use the InfoPrint-supplied pioinfo AIX printer driver and supply the correct port number to make sure you get accurate job completion and accounting information2.

Data stream The data stream for PSF transforms to create (for example, PCL4, PCL5, PCL5C, PCL6, or PPDS).  
Logical destination The logical destination that directs jobs to this actual destination.

You can accept the default LD, use another existing LD, or create a new one for this printer.

  • __ Default
  • __ Existing: ________
  • __ Create: ________
Logical destination's server The InfoPrint server that contains the logical destination.  
Queue The queue that holds jobs destined for this actual destination. If you selected a new LD, you get these three options:
  • __ Default
  • __ Existing: ________
  • __ New: ________
  1. Regardless of whether you enter a value or pick a model from the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI drop-down list, the printer driver (including the predef files) must be installed on your AIX system.
  2. InfoPrint Manager provides one modified AIX printer back end program that provide accurate job completion information and an accurate count of the pages printed: /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/pioinfo ipaddress port where ipaddress port defaults to 9100, which is the port used by non-InfoPrint printers.

    The use of port is optional.

  3. You can specify a variety of printer commands, depending upon the type of printer:
    • JetDirect-attached printer: /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/pioinfo 9100

      You can also specify /usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piojetd followed by the IP address.

    • Markvision-attached printer: /usr/markvision/bin/lexbe –h –p 0 -W 1 -T no END

To create this type of printer, use the Create Printer Wizard in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI. (On the menu bar, click Printer → Create → PSF → Other.)

PSF Other-driver printer worksheet provides the information that the wizard prompts for. See the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI online help for more assistance.

Note: If the Create PSF Other-driver printer option is not shown in the Printer menu, you can add it to the menu using customizing options in the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI. Select the Customize option from the Options menu to open the Customize dialog. Click the Printer tab and select the Menu checkbox for PSF Other-driver printer. Click OK to apply your change and close the dialog. The Create PSF Other-driver printer option displays in the Printer menu.

If you did not enable the printer with the Create Printer Wizard, use the InfoPrint Manager Administration GUI to enable it.

After you create the PSF Other-driver attached printer with the Create Printer Wizard, you might want to passthrough PostScript and PCL data stream jobs. To configure for this support, you must go into the Printer Properties notebook for the printer and modify the Formats to RIP at destination field. The Formats to RIP at destination field can be found on the Document tab of the Printer Properties notebook when all the available properties are displayed. It might be necessary to click Show More to display all the printer properties.

Highlight both PCL and the PostScript (or only one of the two, depending upon what data types your actual destination supports natively) from the Formats to RIP at destination list of possible values, and click Add>>.

You can specify other values besides PCL and PostScript because you might have a destination that can accept them directly. For example, your printer might accept ASCII.