If your input data formats (for example, PDF, PostScript and PCL) are the same as the formats accepted by your printer (you neither need nor desire that data to be transformed), then driving your printer with an AIX DSS is a good choice. An InfoPrint Manager AIX DSS can drive any printer an AIX queue can drive. By using one of the InfoPrint Manager enhanced AIX backends (piorpdm, pioinfo, or pioipps), the AIX DSS also supports accurate job completion and job accounting. Before using one of these backends, you must install the driver files for your printer.

  • The piorpdm provides accurate job completion and job accounting for Ricoh printers. It should not be used with other printers.

The hardest part of creating an AIX DSS is figuring out what the destination-command should be. If you configure an AIX queue for one of your printers, you can find the destination command you need to enter to create the AIX DSS actual destination in the /etc/qconfig file after the backend= parameter for your AIX queue. Most of these backends work the same, except that they default to different port numbers. So if you want to use the InfoPrint Manager enhanced backends to obtain accurate job completion and job accounting information, you just need to know the port number to use for your printer.

The AIX DSS destination command for the InfoPrint Manager enhanced backends can be one of these:

/usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/pioinfo ip-address [port]
/usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/piorpdm ip-address [port]
/usr/lib/lpd/pio/etc/pioipps ipp_uri

where ip-address is the IP address of the printer you want to use and port is the TCP/IP port that printer uses for both PCL and PostScript print jobs. If the port is not specified, it defaults to9100 for pioinfo. On HP, InfoPrint, and Ricoh printers, the port is most often 9100. ipp_uriis the URI of the printer that can print data using the IPP protocol.

If your printer supports printing PDF natively, select the PDF value in the Formats allowed list to print PDF documents on your actual destination representing that printer.