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Poll Free Print Queue Depth Notification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109115D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a methodology for managing multiple interrogations of a print spooler queue without forcing a user to perform polling multiple times.

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Poll Free Print Queue Depth Notification

      Described is a methodology for managing multiple interrogations
of a print spooler queue without forcing a user to perform polling
multiple times.

      Currently, a user must poll print job queue depth or activity
of documents which have been sent to a printer.  This creates a
burden on the user because time is spent polling the print spooler to
see how close a document is to being printed.  Users must type
commands to poll the status of print jobs and then wait for a
response.  This article describes a service which manages
communicating status to users printing documents.  Before a document
is sent to a printer for printing, the user configures whether or not
a periodic status should be reported which shows how close a job is
to being printed.  This allows a time interval update with status of
where a print job is in the queue.  By example, the user may desire a
status every 2 minutes on the system the job was printed from.  If it
takes the job 9 minutes to print, an example embodiment of status
received could be:
      After 2 minutes: "Print job #1456 (FILENAME) IS QUEUED #5"
      After 4 minutes: "Print job #1456 (FILENAME) IS QUEUED #4"
      After 6 minutes: "Print job #1456 (FILENAME) IS QUEUED #1"
      After 8 minutes: "Print job #1456 (FILENAME) IS QUEUED #1"
      After 9 minutes: "Print job #1456 (FILENAME) IS COMPLETE"

      The methodology is not limited to a time i...