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  • Setting Up Printers
    After you have defined printer types, use Printer Setup Maintenance (36.13.2) to set up printers and other output devices.

    Printer Setup Maintenance (36.13.2)
    Output To
    Assign a unique name to each printer or other output device. This name displays in the Output field of reports and inquiries. The QAD demo databases use printer and terminal for the most commonly used printers. However, you can use any name.
    You can set up more than one record for the same printer, as long as you use different names in Output To. For example, this lets you access the same printer from both character and Windows clients.
    Destination Type
    Enter the type of device represented by this printer definition. Valid values are:
    Default. This is a server printer, a terminal display, a Windows display, or output to page. In Language Detail Maintenance (36.4.3), this mnemonic is assigned to value 0 (zero).
    EMail. This printer definition sends the report output to an e-mail message. For this to work properly, you must have an e-mail system that accepts a command-line interface. The e-mail system must be set up in E-mail Definition Maintenance, and the User Maintenance record for each user must include an e-mail definition and e-mail address. In Language Detail Maintenance, this mnemonic is assigned to value 1. See Building an E-Mail System Interface.
    Winprint. Use this type to represent printers selected from the Windows network of a GUI client computer. Devices defined with this type are available only from GUI clients. When you run a report and specify a Winprint device in the Output field, you can select a specific printer from your network and control some printing options through Windows dialog boxes. In Language Detail Maintenance, this mnemonic is assigned to value 2.
    Printer Type
    Optionally enter a printer type defined in Printer Type Maintenance. If you specify a type, the characteristics assigned to that type are copied into this printer setup record. You can modify them as required.
    Enter a description of the output device. Describing the physical location of a printer can be helpful.
    Enter the maximum number of lines to appear on a page. If you set up a printer to accept a maximum of 6 pages at 72 lines to a page, the printer prints only the first 432 lines of output, exclusive of the trailer.
    Max Pages
    Enter the number of pages a device can accept. If zero, no page limit applies.
    Important: System administrators should use Printer Setup Maintenance (36.13.2) to set a page limit of 1000 on the Output to Page option for reports. If you output a report of more than 1000 pages to Page, the retrieval of the data puts a burden on client resources and can cause system instability.
    Note: If you try to print checks, forms, and similar items on a device with a maximum page limit, an error message displays.
    Scroll Output
    Enter Yes to have the system accept a maximum of 3,000. Otherwise, the Max Pages limit applies.
    Device Pathname
    Specify the operating system command or path name that enables you to output to this printer. A device path name is normally not required for a terminal. However, if you are setting up a slave printer or a terminal window under X-windows, you may need to enter a path name. Sample Device Path Names lists examples of device path names.

    Sample Device Path Names
    Device Path Name
    Operating System
    Prints to network printer, shared as supjet1 off the arnt01 print server.
    Prints to Windows captured default printer.
    lp -d supjet1
    Passes UNIX -lp command to operating system, causing printing at destination supjet1. Spooler must be Yes.
    Indicate if this is a spooled device. This field only applies to UNIX systems.
    Initialize Ctrl/Reset Ctrl
    A slave printer is one connected to a local PC printer port or the printer port of a dumb terminal. To transfer printer output to the proper port, you may need to specify control codes for these fields. The initialize control string passes output from the terminal to the print device. The last section of the Reset control string returns output to terminal. Set up control strings for each printer. In UNIX, the slave printer device path name is: