Downloads format information to a line printer. (CM)
DOWNLOAD ldev [,filename ] [,...]
ldev The logical device number of the output device.
This device must be an HP 2608 or HP 2563 line
filename The fully qualified name of a file
containing the download control information.
nn The print position that the first byte of data will
assume. This number can be between 1 and 16,
inclusive. Note that the HP 2608 Hardware
documentation discusses a margin offset which varies
from 0-15. This offset is not relevant to the margin
parameter of the DOWNLOAD command, as the software
compensates for the hardware offset of nn -1.
The operator uses the DOWNLOAD command to transmit format
information to system printers only. It cannot be used with
The Vertical Format Control (VFC) image file (filename) can
define the margin setting as well as the VFC image on an HP
2608A or HP 2608S line printer. The number of print lines
per form is limited to 127. Although the HP 2608S printer
recognizes the DOWNLOAD command, Hewlett-Packard recommends
controlling the HP 2608S with an environment file rather
than the DOWNLOAD command. You cannot download a VFC file
to HP 2631B printer, only the MARGIN=nn is allowed.
If the MARGIN=nn parameter is specified on an HP 2608A or HP
2608S, and a MARGIN record has also been specified in the
VFC file, the MARGIN record in the VFC file overrides the
MARGIN parameter of the DOWNLOAD command. This parameter
should only be used in cases where there is no MARGIN record
in the VFC file.
When a particular print job has requirements for forms
and/or a VFC file, the user will indicate this need via a
FORMS message. (Refer to "EXAMPLE".)
Do not issue a DOWNLOAD command to an HP 2608S while a
spoolfile is ACTIVE. This will make the device UNAVAILABLE,
and it will remain so until the system is restarted with a
This command may be issued from a session, job, program, or
in BREAK. Pressing [Break] has no effect on this command. It
may be issued only from the console unless distributed to users
with the ALLOW or ASSOCIATE commands.
To respond to a forms message, enter
IO/1546/22/SP#11/LDEV# FOR #S93;OUTFILE ON HP 2608 (1)
To reset the VFC to its original state, you must reference a
file that contains default specifications (such as VFC6 in
this example) by entering
To set the left margin print position to column 4 (the
installation defined default) enter