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Non-Fragmented Host Print Using a Print Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038870D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Nyfeler, JA Pierschalla, BR [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for gathering information obtained from a host and printing it on a shared printer attached to a personal computer (PC) local area network (LAN) without incurring fragmentation. The user can spool a host file to the print server of a PC LAN. Since the LAN print server can be receiving files from several PCs simultaneously, and PC applications can send data to the printer in a variety of ways. Each PC sending print data must determine when to tell the PC LAN print server to close the spool file and commence printing. This is accomplished in several ways. Two of the ways are using PC disk operating system (DOS) process initiation and DOS process termination signal. Both of these signals tell the print server to close the spool file and commence printing.