At the “DEVICE: ” prompt, to send output to your terminal, you can simply press the <Enter> key. This tells the Device Handler to display the report on the home device (that is, on your terminal), as shown below:
To send output to a printer, enter the name of the printer at the “DEVICE:” prompt, as shown below:
You can enter a question mark (“?”) to display help about the syntax of the response.
You can enter two question marks (“??”) to display available printers and other devices connected to the current Volume Set or “reachable from” the current Volume Set. You can also ask for a series of help frames under extended help:
You can list all devices. In addition to printers, this list shows other types of devices you can use to handle output. An example of a partial printer listing is shown below:
Specifying Right Margin and Page Length
Ordinarily, when choosing an output device, you only need to specify the device name. There can be times, however, when you may find it useful to specify the right margin or the page length for your output. The syntax to specify margin and page length uses semicolon delimiters. The format is:
DEVICE: Device Name ; Right Margin ; Page Length
The following examples show how to use the additional semicolon-delimited pieces at the “DEVICE: ” prompt:
At the “DEVICE: ” prompt, if you enter a device’s name, the output goes directly to that device. If the output you’re sending is, for example, a long report, this ties your terminal up until the report finishes printing to that device.
You can print output and yet keep your terminal free for other processing by queuing your jobs rather than running them directly.You can queue output by entering Q at the “Device: ” prompt. The device prompt is then presented a second time so that you can specify the output device.
Alternatively, you can still specify the device first. The Device Handler checks to see if the device is available and, if so, asks you if you want to queue your output. If the device cannot be reached at the current time, Device Handler indicates that the device is busy or unavailable. You can avoid the preliminary availability check by entering Q at the first prompt.
Whether you request queuing before or after naming a device, Device Handler then asks you to specify a time for the queued job to run. You can accept the default (NOW) or indicate a later time in the usual format. Queuing sends output to TaskMan for scheduling. Meanwhile, you can continue working on the computer system without a delay.