Sending print jobs to InfoPrint Manager for Windows from an AIX system

To send print jobs from an AIX system to InfoPrint Manager for Windows, you need to set up an appropriate Line Printer client (LPR) on the AIX system and an appropriate Line Printer Daemon (LPD) on the Windows system. To use the advanced printing options (such as formdef and pagedefs) that InfoPrint Manager provides, you must use lprafp on your AIX system and the InfoPrint Manager LPD on your Windows system.

lprafp is a version of LPR that lets you use –o options to specify advanced print options when you submit jobs to InfoPrint Manager. You can download an lprafp sample code package (including a compiled version of the code that can be used on AIX version 4.3.3 and later) from the Ricoh Web site at http://rpp.ricoh-usa.com/. Ricoh does not provide support for the package.

The InfoPrint Manager LPD is installed and activated with your InfoPrint Manager for Windows server. It is the only LPD that properly processes the –o options that lprafp submits. If you use a different LPD (such as TCP/IP Print Services, the LPD that is shipped with the Windows operating system), the –o options that you send will be lost.

Note: The LPD supplied with the Windows operating system (TCP/IP Print Services) does support a –o option, but it is not the same. This –o option specifies the binary option.

If you use the InfoPrint Manager LPD, you will only be able to LPR print jobs to InfoPrint Manager destinations, not to Windows printers. If you use a different LPD, you will only be able to LPR to Windows printers. To submit a job to InfoPrint Manager, you will have to set up a Windows gateway printer.

For additional information about the InfoPrint Manager LPD, see Using the InfoPrint Manager line printer daemon (LPD).

If you cannot use lprafp and/or the InfoPrint Manager LPD, you can use the standard LPR and a different LPD to submit jobs from an AIX system to your InfoPrint Manager for Windows system. However, you will not be able to use advanced print options.

    Important:
  1. Do not use this procedure if you have InfoPrint Manager for AIX installed on your AIX system. If you have InfoPrint Manager for AIX installed, you should use the InfoPrint Manager AIX Client to submit print jobs from AIX systems to your InfoPrint Manager servers. In addition, you should consider setting up an interoperating environment so your InfoPrint Manager servers can work together.

    For additional information about interoperability, see Configuring a primary AIX server with a secondary Windows server.

  2. When you enter the lpr command, you must specify the option that designates binary or already-formatted data. For example, on AIX you must use the -l (lowercase "L") option on the lpr.

To submit jobs from an AIX system to your InfoPrint Manager for Windows system, you must complete these tasks: