iSeries (AS/400) – Wanting to print to PDF using GhostScript or other software

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We have PostScript files on the AS/400 and we need to convert them to PCL for printing and also to PDF. Having much trouble getting Ghostscript even to compile on the AS/400, so I am looking for another "free" method to do what we need. Our software runs in a browser window connected to the AS/400 via WebSphere. So engines run on the iSeries, but is displayed on a PC and printed on the PC network printer. Doug

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We do not have a need for this type of conversion in our shop, so unfortunately, I don’t have any helpful hints for you. Sorry.

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  • Agacat
    ps2pdf is a free gnu utility - see if you can build it using cygwin, or yank off a PC and load linux.
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  • astradyne
    I think I would do the following: 1) Find some PC based software that installs in the shape of a printer driver and install it on a server. 2) Install an LPD daemon on the server and setup a printer queue that uses the "converter" printer driver. 3) On the AS400 create a remote output queue that points to the LPD queue on the server 4) Send your postscript spool files to the remote output queue for conversion. Using this method you can have different remote queues for PDF and PCL and different printers. It's not as elegant as having the conversion done on the AS400, but should work fine. Jonathan
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  • BurtNoir
    The previous message sounds like a good idea. I just wanted to add that if you used CUPS then I think it can apply these type of filters (ps2pdf) within itself.
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  • Leifjacobsen
    Hi; We have also tried to port GhostScript to System I, however the compile into native was not a success. However, we had much luck using the PASE environment and just take a binary AIX distribution. That works perfectly. Regards Leif Jacobsen
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