Converting a spool file on the iSeries/AS400 to a .PDF

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Is there a way without buying 'add on' software to convert a spool file on the AS/400 to a .PDF???
ASKED: August 18, 2005  10:04 AM
UPDATED: August 18, 2005  12:52 PM

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Native to OS/400 IBM’s product is Infoprint Server which is a licensed program product albeit at a pretty reasonable price.

With iSeries Navigator ou can drag a spoolfile to the desktop (or another folder) and then open it in a PC application that would generate a PDF. I’m not too certain how any overlays, etc. would be handled with that option. Automating this process would take some work also.

Your best free bet might be to check some of the articles written on doing it other ways. Such as the following series from MC Pres Online. part adds functionality. Part One gives you a basic conversion utility and the additional parts add functionality.

Part One:

http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc/1@175.0cymc7Z2hFC.435@.6b1ba99b

Part Two:

http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?14@@.6b2171ed

Part Three:

http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc/1@@.6b221394

Part Four:

http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc?14@@.6b228671

Appendix A:

http://www.mcpressonline.com/mc/1@217.ef9kcbUZm2Z.8@.6b241c0b

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  • Cpinhey1
    I routinely use the CVTSPLSTMF command to convert iseries 400 spool files to .pdf documents. I have used this approach at numerous sites - particularly as an efficient way of distributing error reports (with pdf attachments) via email to numerous recipients. You'll have to download and compile the CVTSPLSTMF associated code (it's free). I believe I originally downloaded it from the iseries 400 magazine site. I did a quick search and came up with this link: http://www.pickett.com.au/perfnav/cvtspoolfile.htm I imagine you can find the information in a number of other places. Good luck - it's a great tool!
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