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Spooling for Grouping Output by User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060753D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heyrman, PJ: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

A method is provided for users of work stations or display terminals connected to a computer system for word processing purposes for keeping the users output together, without requiring them to learn to interface directly with the spool component. With this method a user is able to accumulate documents that are to be printed and have them all printed at one time with no documents interspersed. The user, when printing a job, has a user-profile field that indicates whether to hold up printing this document, because more are coming, and then release all of those held together. When a document is to be printed by a user, it is sent to the spool file with a print file held indication on. This must be preceded by an indication that specified this print file to be one that will be printed in user sequence.

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Spooling for Grouping Output by User

A method is provided for users of work stations or display terminals connected to a computer system for word processing purposes for keeping the users output together, without requiring them to learn to interface directly with the spool component. With this method a user is able to accumulate documents that are to be printed and have them all printed at one time with no documents interspersed. The user, when printing a job, has a user-profile field that indicates whether to hold up printing this document, because more are coming, and then release all of those held together. When a document is to be printed by a user, it is sent to the spool file with a print file held indication on. This must be preceded by an indication that specified this print file to be one that will be printed in user sequence. In order to release the spool file entries at the end of the job, the function which specified that the output is to be printed in user sequence must call the manager of the spool queue in order to have them "automatically" released. This "automatic" release is done at the end of the job, the end of the session, and abnormal termination. In addition, there is a special interface provided so that the user can initiate this "automatic release" at any time without termination of the job or session. When the Spool Queue Manager is called as a result of the hold command, it sets off the "print in user sequence indicator" of a released e...