Suppress the output to a printer file via job switches

Here are the highlights of how to stop a printer file from printing without ripping out all the logics associated with that file.

1. In a CL program define the job switches

DCL        VAR(&SW) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8) 

2. Turn on/off the printing via the job switch (1=print, 0=don't print)

CHGVAR     VAR(&SW) VALUE('10000100')    /* default to print */              
IF         COND(&CMPY = '03' *OR &CMPY = '01') +       
             THEN(CHGVAR VAR(&SW) VALUE('00000000')) + 
             /*DON'T PRINT*/     

3. Submit the job with the switches


4. In the RPG program modify the F specs for the printer files to match the job switches.

FIM320RPRO   F     132     OF     PRINTER                        U1 
FIM320RQRO   F     132     OF     PRINTER                        U6 

The key here is the U1 & U6 indicators. You can use U1 - U8, matching the 8 chars in the job switch. That is all that is needed to be done.

This was first published in May 2001

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