About Destination Support Systems (DSSs)

The programs that the actual destination uses to send jobs to the output device are called the destination support system (DSS).

InfoPrint Manager for AIX supports these DSSs:

AIX DSS
The AIX DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for AIX to bridge to the AIX print-spooling subsystem. In standard AIX printing, users submit jobs to an AIX print queue. The AIX print-spooling subsystem schedules the jobs and passes them to a printer device by means of a backend program, usually piobe, or if the queue is a remote queue, rembak.

In the AIX DSS, users submit jobs to a destination from which an InfoPrint queue receives them. The InfoPrint physical printer submits jobs to the printer device using an AIX backend program.

You should attach this type of printer device as specified by its documentation before creating its associated InfoPrint actual destination.

BSD DSS
The BSD DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for AIX to bridge to existing UNIX/BSD printing subsystems. InfoPrint Manager for AIX sends jobs submitted to BSD physical printers as separate print requests to a local or remote print queue.

For local printer devices, InfoPrint Manager for AIX can use the pioinfo backend program. More typically, InfoPrint Manager for AIX uses the rembak program to send jobs to a printer device connected to another processor. This processor can run AIX or any other operating system that supports the lpd protocol and that connects to the network using TCP/IP.

For remote printer devices, you must set up a remote queue and configure the remote system. See the printer configuration documentation of the remote system.

PSF DSS
The PSF DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for AIX to bridge to the IBM Print Services Facility (PSF) printing subsystem. This DSS allows communication with output devices that have Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) functions. The PSF DSS is the most flexible DSS. It provides a single point of control and tracking for print jobs. InfoPrint Manager for AIX transforms jobs submitted to PSF destinations to IPDS or PCL before sending them to the output device.

The way in which InfoPrint Manager for AIX communicates with the output device depends on the type of actual destination. For PSF DSS actual destinations, it also depends on the attachment type.

InfoPrint 2000 DSS
InfoPrint Manager for AIX uses the InfoPrint 2000 DSS to communicate with TCP/IP-attached InfoPrint 2000 printer devices that do not use the AFCCU Channel Driver. Before creating the actual destination, you must determine the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the printer device.
Email DSS
InfoPrint Manager for AIX uses the email DSS to communicate with electronic mailing systems.

InfoPrint Manager for Linux supports these DSSs:

BSD DSS
The BSD DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Linux to bridge to existing UNIX/BSD printing subsystems. InfoPrint Manager for Linux sends jobs submitted to BSD physical printers as separate print requests to a local or remote print queue.

For local printer devices, InfoPrint Manager for Linux can use the piobe backend program. More typically, InfoPrint Manager for Linux uses the rembak program to send jobs to a printer device connected to another processor. This processor can run Linux or any other operating system that supports the lpd protocol and that connects to the network using TCP/IP.

For remote printer devices, you must set up a remote queue and configure the remote system. See the printer configuration documentation of the remote system.

CUPS DSS
The CUPS DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Linux to bridge to the Linux CUPS print spooling system. In standard Linux CUPS printing, users submit jobs to a CUPS printer. The CUPS print spooling system schedules the jobs and passes them to a printer device by means of a backend program.

In the CUPS DSS, users submit jobs to an InfoPrint Manager destination from which a CUPS printer receives them. The CUPS printer submits jobs to the printer device using an associated CUPS backend program, usually InfoPrint Manager pioinfo backend or InfoPrint Manager piorpdm backend for Ricoh printers.

When you create a CUPS DSS destination, InfoPrint Manager attaches for you its associated CUPS printer.

PSF DSS
The PSF DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Linux to bridge to the IBM Print Services Facility (PSF) printing subsystem. This DSS allows communication with output devices that have Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) functions. The PSF DSS is the most flexible DSS. It provides a single point of control and tracking for print jobs. InfoPrint Manager for Linux transforms jobs submitted to PSF destinations to IPDS or PCL before sending them to the output device.

The way in which InfoPrint Manager for Linux communicates with the output device depends on the type of actual destination. For PSF DSS actual destinations, it also depends on the attachment type.

Email DSS
InfoPrint Manager for Linux uses the email DSS to communicate with electronic mailing systems.

InfoPrint Manager for Windows supports these DSSs:

BSD DSS
The BSD DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Windows to bridge to remote printers or printing subsystems. InfoPrint Manager for Windows sends jobs submitted to BSD physical printers as separate print requests to a remote print queue.

InfoPrint Manager for Windows typically uses the lpr command to send jobs to a printer device or to another system. This can be any device or system that supports the lpd protocol and that connects to the network using TCP/IP. See the printer configuration documentation of the remote device or system for details on how to set up a remote queue.

Email DSS
InfoPrint Manager for Windows uses the email DSS to communicate with electronic mailing systems.
PSF DSS
The PSF DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Windows to bridge to the IBM Print Services Facility printing subsystem. This DSS allows communication with output devices that have Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) functions or that have PCL functions. The PSF DSS is the most flexible DSS. It provides a single point of control and tracking for print jobs. InfoPrint Manager for Windows transforms jobs submitted to PSF destinations to the IPDS or PCL data stream before sending them to the output device.

The way in which InfoPrint Manager for Windows communicates with the output device depends on the type of actual destination. For PSF DSS actual destinations, it also depends on the attachment type. (See Understanding attachment types for PSF actual destinations.)

Passthrough DSS
The Passthrough DSS permits InfoPrint Manager for Windows to bridge to the Windows print-spooling subsystem. This DSS supports mono-IPDS (PostScript or PCL) printers by using standard Windows ports and port monitors.

You must attach this type of printer device as specified by its documentation before creating its associated InfoPrint Manager for Windows destination.

IPP DSS
InfoPrint Manager for Windows uses the IPP DSS to communicate with destinations through the Internet Print Protocol (IPP). This DSS allows InfoPrint Manager for Windows to access a printer using a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) string.