The Print Page Of command allows you to re-print a spooled file where
you have printed 'Page n' and change the value to 'Page n of n'. You
must identify where the units position of the page number is and the
line it is to print on. An option exists to shift part of the line
to allow room for the ' of n' value. After re-printing, the original
spooled file is deleted by default.
The PRTPAGOF command typically follows a print program such as:
PRTPAGOF PRTLIN(1) PAGNBRPOS(nn)
PRTPAGOF uses CPYSPLF to create a temporary data base file, reads the
file and determines how many pages exist in total. It then re-prints
the file and changes the line with the page number to include the
total number of pages. A RTVSPLFA command is used for the original
file and most of the values are used on an OVRPRTF command for the
new file. This means that the new spooled file will have most of the
attributes of the original file such as USRDTA, FORMTYPE, COPIES,
etc. The original spooled file is then deleted by default.
If the page number is reset during printing, PRTPAGOF will print the
total for each group. For example, if you are printing invoices,
each invoice would normally start with 'Page 1'. If the first
invoice had 3 pages, the output of the first page would be 'Page 1 of
It is not necessary that your spooled file have the word 'Page'. You
may have used a different text value (such as a native language
version of 'Page' or no text value and just printed the page number.
In the following discussions, it is assumed that you are using the
word 'Page', but it is not required.
Shifting the print line containing the Page number
The Page information can also be shifted to the left by describing
the first position to shift from (usually the 'P' in 'Page' and the
position to shift it to.
You must have sufficient room to print the 'Page n of n' value plus
the length defined for PAGNBRLEN (default is 4). If not, an escape
message is sent describing the minimum position that can be used.
For example, most system output places the 'Page' text beginning in
position 121 and the page number ending in 130. Without shifting the
value there would not be enough room to print 'Page n of n'. By
shifting the value, you can print it properly such as:
PRTPAGOF PRTLIN(1) PAGNBRPOS(130)
The first SHIFT value is where the 'P' starts in 'Page'. The second
value is where you want it to start. There must sufficient room
after the shift start value to print the 'Page n of n' value.
In most cases you must shift at least 7 positions to the left, but it
can vary (such as the length of the PRTTXT value). If there is not
sufficient room, an escape message is sent describing the minimum
position that can can be used.
System output (such as using WRKSYSSTS *PRINT or a job log) typically
starts the 'Page' text in 121 and places the page number ending in
130 (so it may be seen with DSPSPLF). Note that this only allows for
a max of 999 pages. PRTPAGOF allows for a 2-6 byte page number
(default is 4). To use PRTPAGOF,the typical shift value for system
output is SHIFT(121 114).
Some system output does not allow for a simple shift of just the
'Page' text because data exists to the left that would be overlaid or
more difficult to read. For example, the CRTCLPGM command creates
output with the page number ending in 132. You could keep the page
number on the DSPSPLF display (ending in 130) by shifting as follows:
PRTPAGOF PRTLIN(1) PAGNBRPOS(132)
While this would be allowed, there would only be one space between
the end of the time value and the word 'Page'. Better formatting
could be achieved by shifting a large portion of the first line such
PRTPAGOF PRTLIN(1) PAGNBRPOS(132)
The CRTRPGPGM command creates output with the page number in 130, but
you must begin the shift in position 74 (qualified library name) to a
position such as 67.
PRTPAGOF PRTLIN(1) PAGNBRPOS(130)
It may take some testing to determine the specific shifting positions
to be used.
You can use a normal program that creates a spooled file in your own
job and then determine the print line and units position of the page
number. Then enter the values on PRTPAGOF.
To try it on a production spooled file, use a command such as DUPSPLF
to duplicate the spooled file to your own job. After determining the
line and units position of the page number, try PRTPAGOF on the
If you need to use the SHIFT parameter, it may take a few tries to
get what you want.
The default on PRTPAGOF is to delete the spooled file after
re-printing with the parameter DLTSPLF (default is *YES). Using *NO
can be helpful when testing to compare the two spooled files.
Comments and restrictions
** The spooled file to be re-printed must exist in the same job
** The spooled file must be capable of being read by CPYSPLF.
This allows for SCS spooled output, but disallows other types
such as AFP.
** The line containing the page number must be in the first 5
printed lines on a page. Only printed lines (not blank lines)
count. Note that the first printed line is usually not the
first possible line 1 of each page but rather line 6 or so
with the first 5 lines blank.
** The default is to print something like 'Page 1 of 7', but the
'of' text is only the default. A 20 byte value may be used
such as 'of total', 'Total pages =', or a language translation
** The units position where the page number exists on the page
must be identified. It must be at least n bytes to the left
of the page width to allow for the length of the PRTTXT and
the total pages to be printed. The 'n' value is determined by
adding the units position, plus the length of the PRTTXT, plus
2 blanks, plus room for the number of positions described by
You cannot have the page number on one line and the 'of n' on
a different line.
The total pages value will be left adjusted. Thus the default
PRTTXT of 'of' will require 8 bytes to the right of the page
number for ' of nnnn'.
If data exists to the right of the units position, it may be
overlaid. Only the specific length required is changed (not
the full 20 bytes allowed for PRTTXT.
Note that most spooled files created by the system (such as
job logs) place the units position of the page number in byte
130 or 132 thus requiring the use of the SHIFT parameter.
** The maximum amount that may be shifted (the difference between
PAGNBRPOS and the shift start position is 120.
** A resetting of the Page number may occur such as when printing
invoices and the first page of each is Page 1. The
identification of a reset is determined by finding one
position prior to the units position of the Page number and
checking for ' 1'.
** There is no special support for overstriking a line (such as
to make bold printing). It is assumed your testing will
determine whether PRTPAGOF can be used properly.
** The spooled file attributes that are retrieved from the
original spooled file and used on an OVRPRTF command for the
new file are SPLFNAME, FORMTYPE, OUTPTY, COPIES, FILESEP,
SCHEDULE, HOLD, SAVE, USRDTA, ACGCDE, PAGLEN, PAGWTH, LPI, and
CPI. The other values default to the TAAPRT1 printer file
** Only one printing of ' of nnnn' may exist for a page.
** The maximum number of total pages that may exist depends on
the PAGNBRLEN parameter value. The default is 9,999.
** The maximum printer width is 378 bytes (same maximum as any
** A new page is identified by a skip to a line number which is
less than the current line number. Therefore, spacing to a
new page will not be recognized.
PRTPAGOF escape messages you can monitor for
None. Escape messages from based on functions will be re-sent.
PRTPAGOF Command parameters *CMD
PRTLIN The print line where the page number exists. It
must be a value of 1 - 5. Only actual printed lines
(not blank lines) are counted by PRTPAGOF. A
typical form of output starts with 5 blank lines and
then a heading which includes the page number. If
the first printed line on each page includes the
page number, use PRTLIN(1).
PAGNBRPOS The units position where the page number is printed.
If the RPG PAGE special name is used, this is the
same print position as specified in RPG.
The value must be between 4 and 378.
PRTTXT The print text that is to appear before the total
number of pages. The default is 'of'. Up to 20
bytes may be entered. There will be one space
before the PRTTXT value, one after, and then the
total number of pages. The value is left justified.
SHIFT A two part parameter that allows you to shift part
of the data on the line containing the Page number
to the left to allow room for 'Page n of n'. The
default for both parts is *NONE meaning no shifting
will occur. Use the default when there is room on
the print line after the PAGNBRPOS position to print
the PRTTXT and the total number of pages (typically
The first part of the parameter identifies the first
position to be shifted. If there is room to shift
the word 'Page' without overlaying any data to the
left, the position to use would normally be where
the 'P' in 'Page' is.
If shifting left will overlay data to the left of
the 'Page' identification, you may have to specify
an earlier position such as in a series of blanks.
See the previous discussion of 'Shifting the print
line containing the page number'.
The second part of the parameter identifies the
first position to be shifted to. Normally, you need
about 8 positions less than the position to start
the shift. An error message will occur if there is
insufficient room and the minimum value will be
SPLF The spooled file name to be re-printed. The default
is *ANY for any spooled file meaning the spooled
file is identified by the SPLNBR parameter which
defaults to *LAST. The typical use is to
immediately follow the command which creates spooled
output with PRTPAGOF.
If *ANY is used, SPLNBR(*LAST) must be specified.
A specific spooled file name may be specified.
SPLNBR The spooled file number to be used. The default is
*LAST. A specific spooled file number may be
entered with or without a specific name in the SPLF
If *LAST cannot be used and you do not know the
spooled file number, consider the RTVSPLFID command.
DLTSPLF A *YES/*NO value for whether to delete the original
*YES is the default as you would normally want only
the modified spooled file.
*NO may be specified to retain the original spooled
file. This can be helpful when testing to allow a
comparison of what changed. If you are
experimenting with different SHIFT values, you need
only delete the latest spooled file version created
by by PRTPAGOF and try different SHIFT values.
PAGNBRLEN The length of the page number. The default is 4 for
a 4 digit page number. The value must be in a range
See the section on 'Comments and restrictions'.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
EDTVAR Edit variable
RMVMSGKEY Remove message key
RSNLSTMSG Resend last message
RTVSPLFA Retrieve spooled file attributes
RTVSPLFID2 Retrieve spooled file ID 2
RTVVALA Retrieve value attributes
SNDCOMPMSG Send completion message
SNDESCINF Send escape information
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
SNDSTSMSG Send status message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ---- --------- ---------- ----------
PRTPAGOF *CMD TAASPPE QATTCMD
TAASPPEC *PGM CLP TAASPPEC QATTCL
TAASPPER *PGM RPG TAASPPER QATTRPG