TechTalk: Use job accounting to help you keep track of spooled files that have printed.

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How many times a week do users complain because they've run a program that produces a report, but they can't find the listing? Maybe they think that somebody has deleted the spooled file or that the program doesn't work. Anyway, after investigating a bit and using a lot of your time (which is already in short supply), you find out that the program ran just fine and someone else took the report off the printer by accident.

I have something that can help. You can use the AS/400's job accounting capabilities to track completed printing. You first need to turn on the storing of completed printout information, which you can get to using the command GO SETUP.

Once in the menu that lets you customize the system, users, and devices, take option 1, which brings up the Change System Options screen. Roll down until you see Save job accounting information about completed printer output (see 7). Change the option to a Y and exit the screen. This will change the system value QACGLVL to *PRINT and create the necessary system accounting journals (QSYS/QACGJRN).

Once in the menu that lets you customize the system, users, and devices, take option 1, which brings up the Change System Options screen. Roll down until you see Save job accounting information about completed printer output (see Figure 7). Change the option to a Y and exit the screen. This will change the system value QACGLVL to *PRINT and create the necessary system accounting journals (QSYS/QACGJRN).

Once you make this change, the system will start tracking completed printouts for new jobs. You can see completed printouts by using the WRKSPLF command at the *BASIC assistance level. When you do, you'll see a new command key (F6) that will display completed printing. This saves a lot of time tracking down whether a report really printed or not.

- Jean-Jacques Risch

TechTalk: Use job accounting to help you keep track of spooled files that have printed.

Figure 7: The Change System Options Screen


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