Duplicating Spooled Files
The Duplicate Spooled File (DUPSPLF) command supplied in QUSRTOOL is a very useful tool, but it does have some limitations.
1. There is no easy way of selecting the spooled file that you want to duplicate. You often need to specify a large number of parameters for the system to be able to locate the particular spooled file you mean.
2. Some spooled file attributes (variable font, bar codes, and so forth) cannot be duplicated by DUPSPLF.
A way of getting around both of these problems is to use the following technique:
1. Ensure that your user profile is enrolled in the system directory using the Work with Directory (WRKDIR) command.
2. From the Work with Output Queue (WRKOUTQ) or Work with Spooled Files (WRKSPLF) panel, select option 1 ("send") on the spooled file you wish to copy.
3. On the Send Network Spooled File (SNDNETSPLF) command prompt that appears, specify your own system directory entry (for the system to which you are signed on) in the TOUSRID parameter (User ID and Address), and *ALLDATA in the DTAFMT parameter.
A copy of the spooled file (with all attributes intact) will be placed on the output queue associated with your user profile. Since I use this technique often, I have set up several user profiles [with PASSWORD(*NONE)] to use as targets for the SNDNETSPLF command. Each of these user profiles is enrolled in the system directory, and each of them has specified on the OUTQ parameter the output queue to which I want to send the spooled file. I find it useful to give these user profiles the same name as the output queue specified.
- David Rowswell