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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Print
Created by Guest
Created on Jun 12, 2019

Enable *ADD by using CPYSPLF *TOSTMF (*PDF)

In some cases it would be usefull to merge multiple spoolfiles to one pdf.

Please enable in a further release or TR the option *ADD for pdf-creation via CPYSPLF. Thx

Use Case:


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Oct 30, 2020

    .The priority of this requirement does not justify the effort to implement it.

  • Guest
    Jul 25, 2019

    We recognize some benefits in the requested enhancement. We also assume that the appended document should remain syntacticly correct. This presents the greatest challenge to providing this new function. Simply opening the existing stream file and appending the results of the second file to it, would not result in a valid document for the
    majority of formats supported by the WSCST parameter. For example, PDF expects to find an index at the end of the file that represents, and references, the entire file. Likewise, a multi-page TIFF image is not simply multiple TIFF images within a single file.

    The CPYSPLF component has no knowledge of the various formats, and the current transforms do not provide a "merge" option. Adding this support to all of them would not
    be trivial. The transforms that output these formats generally lack the ability to parse them as an input.

    Unless we find an open source solution for merging the key document formats, it is unlikely that we would find the benefits provided would justify the significant development effort required.

    The OnDemand product does provide a MRGSPLFOND command that allows users to merge *SCS spooled files into a single spooled file.

  • Guest
    Jun 12, 2019

    Attachment (Use case)

  • Guest
    Jun 12, 2019

    Sounds like a good idea.
    But instead of MBROPT(*ADD) I think it should be STMFOPT (Stream file option) instead.

    I would like that OVRPRTF also had the parameter STMFOPT ( *NONE, *REPLACE, *ADD ).
    Then you didn't have to delete the stream file first. *REPLACE would be enough.