DECprint Supervisor (DCPStm) for OpenVMS

DECprint Supervisor (DCPStm) for OpenVMS

User's Guide

Order Number: AA--PSVEE--TE

June 2000

This guide describes how to use the DECprint Supervisor for OpenVMS software to print files on PostScript printers.

Revision/Update Information: This guide supersedes AA--PSVEC--TE.

Operating System & Versions: OpenVMS Alpha, Version 6.2 or higher
OpenVMS VAX, Version 5.5-2 or higher

Software Version: DECprint Supervisor (DCPS) for OpenVMS, Version 1.8

Compaq Computer Corporation
Houston, Texas

First Printing, November 1992 Revised, June 2000

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Contents Index


DECprint Supervisor (DCPS) for OpenVMS is a network printing solution from Compaq that enables you to print a wide range of documents, such as envelopes, presentations, and manuals. The following paragraphs highlight some of its features.

Full Networking Capabilities

DECprint Supervisor software allows you to print to PostScript printers from a variety of platforms, including:

Versatile Page Layouts

DECprint Supervisor software can accommodate a wide variety of page layouts. You can create wide tables or spreadsheets and print them in landscape orientation. If you want to save paper, you can print four pages of text on one sheet of paper. You can even add borders to your document or create and print custom documents.

Selection of Printers

DECprint Supervisor supports all DIGITAL network printers, new Compaq printers and selected third-party printers, which gives you a multitude of printers from which to choose. All the printers provide high-quality printing and years of reliable operation.

Support for the Most Popular Data Types

Whether you want to print PCL or PostScript files, DECprint Supervisor provides the means to print those files with one simple command. DCPS supports the following data types:

About This Guide

The information in this guide is intended for users at all levels of experience. It contains step-by-step procedures for most printing tasks. The book is divided into two major sections:

Each section is divided into small task groups.


To help you understand the information in this guide, we have incorporated the following conventions:
Convention Meaning
UPPERCASE Uppercase characters indicate commands, qualifiers, and parameters.
italics Italic characters in command examples show a variable. You can substitute a word or value of your choice.
bold In examples, we use bold type to show commands that you enter.
[] Brackets indicate that the enclosed item is optional.
Ctrl/ x This symbol indicates a control key sequence. Press the key labeled Ctrl while you simultaneously press another key, represented by x.

Chapter 1
What Is the Difference Between DCPS--Base, DCPS--Open, and DCPS--Plus?

DECprint Supervisor (DCPS) for OpenVMS is a family of layered products that run on Compaq OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS VAX systems to provide access to selected PostScript® Level 1 and Level 2 printers.

The DECprint Supervisor family consists of the following products:

The following table compares the additional features provided by each type of DCPS software:
This Feature ... Is Provided by ...
  DCPS--Base DCPS--Open DCPS--Plus
ASCII, ANSI, PostScript, and native PCL data types X    
Basic qualifiers for such features as landscape and two-sided printing X    
Support for third-party printers   X  
DDIF, List, PCL, Proprinter, ReGIS, and Tektronix data types translated to PostScript     X
Automatic data type detection     X
Value-added qualifiers for such features as number up and page layout     X

See the DECprint Supervisor for OpenVMS Software Product Description (SPD) for the complete list of features available.

1.1 Obtaining the Features in DCPS--Open and DCPS--Plus

If your printing environment requires features of both types of DECprint Supervisor software, you can order both. The software features are enabled through licenses. You can order both the DCPS--Open and DCPS--Plus licences to access all the features.

1.2 Finding the Type of Software Installed on Your System

To check whether you have DCPS--Open or DCPS--Plus on your system, enter the following command:


The system displays information similar to the following:

        Producer: DEC 
        Units: 0 
        Version: 0.0 
        Date: 28-MAR-2000
        Termination Date: (none) 
        Availability: 0 
        Activity: 100 
        Producer: DEC 
        Units: 0 
        Version: 0.0 
        Date: 28-MAR-2000
        Termination Date: (none) 
        Availability: 0 
        Activity: 100 

Part I
Getting Started

The following chapters describe basic printing techniques, such as printing on two sides of a sheet of paper, specifying the data type, and showing the status of print jobs.
This Chapter ... Explains How To ...
Chapter 2 Print files
Chapter 3 Display the status of print jobs and print queues
Chapter 4 Print from a PC
Chapter 5 Specify input and output trays for your print job

Chapter 2
Printing Files

2.1 Overview

To print files, you need to do the following:

  1. Issue the PRINT command
  2. Specify the name of the print queue
  3. Add any command qualifiers you want
  4. Include the name of the file you want to print

For example:


This example specifies:

The following sections show you some of the techniques you can use to print custom documents.

2.2 Selecting a Data Type

To specify the data type of your print job, use the /DATA_TYPE=parameter qualifier. For example:


You can choose from any of the following data type parameters:

For more information about the various data types, see Chapters 6 through Chapter 11.

2.3 Printing Two-Sided Documents

Some PostScript printers can print on two sides of each sheet of paper, also known as duplex printing. You can print a document on both sides of the paper if you include the SIDES=2 parameter in the PRINT command.

For example:


If the printer does not support two-sided printing, your print job is terminated and the following message is displayed:

DCPS-E-DPLXNOSUP, printer-name does not support duplex printing 

See Figure 2-1 for an example of a two-sided document.

Figure 2-1 Two-Sided Printing

2.4 Specifying Landscape and Portrait Orientation

To specify the page orientation, use the PAGE_ORIENTATION parameter with either the PORTRAIT or LANDSCAPE keyword. For example:



Do not use this parameter with PostScript and DDIF files because these types of files already contain printing instructions that include orientation. If you include the PAGE_ORIENTATION parameter for these types of files, your specification is ignored and the print job is printed following the instructions in the file.

Figure 2-1 shows pages printed in portrait orientation. For advanced methods of printing documents, see Chapter 12.

Figure 2-2 shows a page printed in landscape orientation.

Figure 2-2 Landscape Orientation

2.5 Specifying Multiple Copies

To make multiple copies of a file, use any of the following commands:

2.6 Printing Multiple Pages on Each Side of the Sheet

With DCPS-Plus, you can print more than one page on each side of a sheet of paper. This technique saves paper and can also be used to provide customized printed documents. For example, you can print four pages on each side of a sheet, as shown in Figure 2-3.

Use the NUMBER_UP parameter in the PRINT command to specify the number of pages to print on each side of a sheet of paper. For example:


To fit multiple pages on a side, the DECprint Supervisor software changes the size of the logical pages in the document to fit in the area on the physical sheet. This change does not affect the relationship of the page height to the page width.

Figure 2-3 Printing Four Pages to a Sheet (NUMBER_UP =4)

2.7 Printing a Range of Pages

If you have DCPS-Plus, you can print a specific page or range of pages in a print job. This feature may be useful, for example, when you continue a large print job that was terminated in the middle of printing.

To print only a specific range of pages from the print job, include the PAGE_LIMIT parameter in the PRINT command. Include one or two page numbers to specify the range of pages. For example, to print only the 50th through the 100th page of a print job, enter the following command:



Quotation marks are required when the parameter value contains a comma, as in this PAGE_LIMIT parameter.

The pages you specify do not correspond to the page numbers in the document. They represent the number of pages that have been printed. You can print the last portion of this same document by using the following command:


This command instructs the DECprint Supervisor software to start printing at the 50th page in the document, and continue to the end of the document.

You can print the first part of a document by using the following command:


This command instructs the DECprint Supervisor software to print the first 50 pages of the document.

When you use the PAGE_LIMIT parameter, your print job completes when the upper-limit value is reached. Therefore, if you specify the PAGE_LIMIT parameter and do not print to the end of the file, you do not get a file trailer page for the file that was cut off. The rest of the data for that file and for any subsequent files for that print job is ignored.

2.8 Delays in Deleting an Entry or Stopping a Queue

If DCPS has problems communicating with a printer when processing a STOP/QUEUE/NEXT or DELETE/ENTRY request, it may take several minutes before DCPS considers the request completed. Eventually, however, it will stop waiting for a response from the printer that the current job has been cancelled.

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