System Administration Guide
Chapter 4, Managing printers and print jobs

Alerting to mount forms and font cartridges

Alerting to mount forms and font cartridges

If you have printers that accept changeable font cartridges and you have listed the font cartridges allowed on each, users can submit a print request to use a particular font cartridge. However, if the font cartridge is not mounted when a user requests to use it, the job waits in the queue until you mount the font cartridge. See ``Specifying font cartridges to use with a printer''. If a form (or font cartridge or print wheel) is not mounted when you print a file and specify that form, the job waits in the queue until you mount the appropriate form. See ``Mounting and unmounting forms''.

In these cases, you might want to set up the print system to alert you when you need to mount a form. You can specify that you are to receive alerts when the number of requests waiting for a font cartridge or form exceeds some threshold.

To arrange for alerting to the need to mount a form, enter:

/usr/lib/lpforms -f form_name -A alert_method -Q number -W minutes 

alert_method
alerting method to use (mail or write)

number
number of waiting requests to restart alerting

minutes
number of minutes between alerts

For example, to direct the print service to send electronic mail alerts every 5 minutes whenever the printer queue contains 2 or more requests for the check form and it is not already mounted, enter:

/usr/lib/lpforms -f check -A mail -Q 2 -W 5

To arrange for alerting to the need to mount a font cartridge, enter: 

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S font_cartridge_name -A alert_method -Q number -W minutes

For example, to direct the print service to write alerts to your terminal every 2 minutes whenever the printer queue contains three or more requests for the dingbat font cartridge and it is not already mounted, enter:

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S dingbat -A write -Q 3 -W 2

To arrange for alerting whenever the queue contains requests for any form or font cartridge (print wheel), enter one of the following:

/usr/lib/lpforms -f any -A mail -W 5

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S any -A mail -W 5

To stop receiving alert messages to mount a form, font cartridge, or print wheel, enter one of the following:

/usr/lib/lpforms -f form_name -A quiet

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S font_cartridge_name -A quiet

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S printwheel_name -A quiet

To remove alerting when a form, font cartridge, or print wheel needs to be mounted, enter one of the following:

/usr/lib/lpforms -f form_name -A none

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S font_cartridge_name -A none

/usr/lib/lpadmin -S printwheel_name -A none

If you do not define an alert method for a form, font cartridge, or print wheel, you do not receive an alert for it. If you define a method, but do not define the number of minutes between alerts (with the -W option), you receive one alert for each occasion.

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