Usage considerations by DSS for accounting information

This section contains more information about server accounting information by DSS. It also gives suggestions for working with the various DSSs when using the accounting information in InfoPrint Manager.

BSD DSS
The page count recorded in the accounting log for destinations using the BSD DSS is based on the these criteria:
  • If the user specifies a job-page-count job attribute or a page-count document attribute with the print job, InfoPrint Manager records that number in the accounting log.
  • If the user has not specified job-page-count or page-count, and the data being printed is PCL, PDF or PostScript, InfoPrint Manager attempts to calculate the page count and records the calculated page count in the accounting log.
PSF DSS with TCP/IP attachment type
  • On jobs that complete successfully, the page count shown in the accounting log is the number of AFP pages stacked on the printer, including start pages, separator pages, and end pages.
    Note: For n-up documents, up to n pages are counted for each sheet-side that prints.
  • Limitations:
    • When printing a multiple-document job in which all the documents are ASCII, the accounting log only shows pages for the last document printed.
    • If a job is paused or cancelled, the page count shown in the accounting log might not be accurate.
    • On paused jobs, the octet count is always zero (0).
    • The number of Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) pages printed is based upon the number of begin-page and end-page structured field pairs in the data. As a result, a 2–up document printed duplex could provide a page count of four for a single sheet of paper.
PSF DSS with Command attachment type
The page count recorded in the accounting log for destinations using the command is the number of pages PSF generates and sends to the printer. It is not based on the number of pages received or printed by the printer. The page count does include start pages, separator pages, and end pages.
PSF DSS with Other-Driver attachment type
  • If you are using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor and the job completes successfully, then the page count shown in the accounting log is the number pages stacked at the printer. For example, a three-page document printed simplex records three pages in the accounting log and three pages stacked; a four-page document printed simplex or duplex reports four pages in the accounting log even through only 2 sheets are stacked.

    The page count recorded in the accounting includes the auxiliary sheets.

    A duplexed four-page job with a header sheet provides a page count of five, because the auxiliary sheets are included in the count and both sides of each page are counted.

  • If you are not using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor, the page count is not based on the number of pages stacked on the printer. Instead, the page count recorded in the accounting log is the number of pages PSF reports it has sent to the printer driver, including start pages, separator pages, and end pages.
  • If you have set the document-formats-ripped-at-destination actual destination attribute for a PSF DSS with Other-Driver attachment type actual destination, the accounting is handled as if it had been submitted to a Passthrough DSS actual destination.
  • Limitations: The page count and octet count reported in the accounting log for cancelled and paused jobs is not accurate.
Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) DSS
The page count recorded in the accounting log for destinations using the IPP DSS is based on these criteria:
  • Depending upon the capabilities of the your particular IPP printer, if the printer reports pages completed information through the Internet Printing Protocol and the job completes successfully, that information is used. The auxiliary sheet is not added to the count.
  • If the user specifies a job-page-count job attribute or a page-count document attribute with the print job, InfoPrint Manager records that number in the accounting log. The auxiliary sheet is not added to the count.
  • If the user has not specified job-page-count or page-count, and the data being printed is PCL, PDF or PostScript, InfoPrint Manager retrieves the page count from the printer, if the particular printer supports that function. The auxiliary sheet is not included in the count.
  • Limitations: Because all information is obtained through the Internet Printer Protocol, the attributes required for pages-completed might not be supported by a particular printer model.
Note: For accurate results with this DSS, make sure that you set the sides default (whether simplex or duplex) in the printer to match the value on the sides actual destination attribute.
Passthrough DSS
The page count recorded in the accounting log for destinations using the Windows DSS is based on these criteria:
  • If you are using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor and the job completes successfully, then the page count shown in the accounting log is the number pages stacked at the printer. For example, a three-page document printed simplex records three pages in the accounting log and three pages stacked; a four-page document printed duplex reports four pages in the accounting log even through only 2 sheets are stacked. Auxiliary sheets are not included in the count. If you are submitting jobs using Send and Save or Print-and-Hold functions using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor, then the page count shown in the accounting log is zero.
  • If you are using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor and the job does not complete successfully, or if you are not using the InfoPrint TCP/IP Network Port Monitor and the user specifies a job-page-count job attribute or a page-count document attribute with the print job, InfoPrint Manager records that number in the accounting log.

    A duplexed four-page job with a header sheet provides a page count of four, because neither the auxiliary sheets nor the back sides of each page are included in the count.

  • If the user has not specified job-page-count or page-count, and the data being printed is PCL, PDF or PostScript, InfoPrint Manager attempts to calculate the page count and records the calculated page count in the accounting log. The auxiliary sheet is not included in the count.
Note: For accurate results with this DSS, make sure that you set the sides default (whether simplex or duplex) in the printer to match the value on the sides actual destination attribute.