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GETSPLF and PUTSPLF – read and write spools to physical files including all Advanced Function Printing Data Stream (AFPDS)

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QSPGETF AND QSPPUTF APIs AND COMMANDS

IBM Knowledgebase item 8011926 describes two APIs that are undocumented in the AS/400 manuals. The two APIs, Get Spooled File (QSPGETF) and Put Spooled File (QSPPUTF), copy spool files to and restore them from physical files, respectively. The advantage of QSPGETF and QSPPUTF over the well-documented Copy Spooled File command (CPYSPLF) is that the APIs are able to copy Advanced Function Printing Data Stream (AFPDS) and Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) spool files, whereas CPYSPLF cannot.

You can call the QSPGETF and QSPPUTF APIs directly, or you can call them using command wrappers over the APIs.

  • Calling the APIs Directly

The QSPGETF API call below saves spool file QPRINT to database file SPOOLDB in USER1LIB library, member MBR1, where the spool file number is 1 and the spool file job is 010160/user1/dsp03:

CALL PGM(QSYS/QSPGETF) PARM(‘QPRINT ‘ ‘SPOOLDB USER1LIB ‘ ‘DSP03 USER1 010160′ X’0001’ ‘MBR1 ‘)

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