Input device types

Input devices receive input files, create jobs, and submit them to the Ricoh ProcessDirector system for processing.

Input devices accept individual or multiple input files and submit them for processing. The input device can process multiple files in either of these ways:

  • It can collect the data and submit it as a single job.
  • It can submit each file as a child of a parent job.
If you have the AFP Support feature installed, Ricoh ProcessDirector treats each data set as an input file. Multiple data sets can be submitted as single jobs or as child jobs.

The types of input devices are:

Hot folder
Hot folder input devices are directories that the system monitors. When a print job is copied or sent to a hot folder, the system notices it and begins to process it.
LPD
Line printer daemon (LPD) input devices receive jobs that are submitted using the LPD protocol. LPD input devices specify a control file to change LPD control file parameters for a job to a job properties file in property name=value format. For PDF jobs, the control file is receive_lpd_pdf_jobtype.cfg. For AFP jobs, the control file is receive_lpd_jobtype.cfg.
Download
Download input devices receive data sets from Download for z/OS or AFP Download Plus. Download for z/OS and AFP Download Plus send job control language (JCL) parameters in a separate file with the job. Download input devices specify the control file, receive_jcl_jobtype.cfg, to change JCL parameters for a job to a job properties file in property name=value format. This device type is only available if the AFP Support feature is installed.
REST web service
REST web service input devices call a Representational State Transfer web service to retrieve XML or JSON files from an application. The input device can create a job containing the entire XML or JSON file, or it can examine the file using an XPath or JSONPath expression. If the input device finds XML elements or JSON objects specified by the expression, it can create a single job containing the entire file. Alternatively, it can create one or more jobs, each containing a portion of the file. This device type is only available if the Web Services Enablement feature is installed.
SOAP web service
SOAP web service input devices call a Simple Object Access Protocol web service to retrieve XML files from an application. The input device can create a job containing the entire XML file, or it can examine the file using an XPath expression. If the input device finds XML elements specified by the expression, it can create a single job containing the entire file. Alternatively, it can create one or more jobs, each containing a portion of the file. This device type is only available if the Web Services Enablement feature is installed.
SFTP
SFTP input devices poll using the SFTP protocol for files matching a file name pattern that you specify from a directory on an SFTP server. You must supply a credential to permit the input device to access the server.

Ricoh ProcessDirector provides some predefined input devices of certain types that you can use as samples. A predefined input device is not provided for SFTP.