CTRL+D EOF Character in PostScript Print Job May Cause Error

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When you use a Windows-supported driver, PostScript-generated output alwaysstarts and ends with a CTRL+D (ASCII 04) key sequence.

CTRL+D is an end-of-file (EOF) reset code used to ensure that the printeris set correctly for the next print job. However, this character can causea job not to print through UNIX-based networks (for example, Banyan VINES,AT&T Star Group, and Sun) and other printing-control software.
Follow the appropriate procedure below to allow your print job to finish.

Windows 3.1 and 3.11

  1. Edit the WIN.INI file [ModelName,Port] section with an ASCII text editor, such as Windows Notepad.

    NOTE: When you install a PostScript printer for the first time, you must go into Printer Setup in Control Panel for this setting to work correctly. Simply installing the printer is not enough. The [ModelName,Port] section is not written into the WIN.INI file until you choose the Setup button in the Printers area of Control Panel.
  2. Add the following:
    NOTE: The Options menu in the PostScript printer driver allows you to create encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files. These files do not contain CTRL+D characters. EPS files do not contain any of the printer-specific instruction codes, which are sometimes necessary, that a PostScript file does. EPS files are primarily intended to be graphics or other output that is imported into another application and not printed directly.

Windows 3.0 and 3.0a

The only way to eliminate the CTRL+D character from the PostScriptfile is to create a PRN file, then load it into a text editor and manuallyremove the character.
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Article ID: 81637 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:02:48 - Revision: 2.2

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