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The PLOT command places entries in the plotter output queue. See
the QUEUE command for further information and examples.
Where: dev is the name of the specific device on which your
files should be plotted. (For example, PLT2: is
plotter number 2.) You can have your files plotted on a
device connected to another node by using the format
PLTSxx: where xx is the node number. (For example,
PLTS31 is a plotter on node 31.) The device name is
jobname is the name of the job being entered into the
queue. The job name is optional. The default is the
name of the first file in the request.
The equal sign is required if you specify either the
device name, the job name, or both.
file-spec is a single file specification or a string of
file specifications, separated by commas. A file
specification is in the form dev:file.ext[directory].
If you specify neither a job name nor a file specification, the
system prints a list of the jobs in the plotter queue on your
The switches to this command can be divided into two categories,
depending on whether the switch can be used only once, or can be
used more times, in a single command string. The two categories
o Queue-Operation Switches
These switches can be used only once in the command string.
They affect the entire request, and you can place them
anywhere in the command string. If you have used one of
these switches in a command string, you cannot use it again
in the same string. Many switches have a /NO construction,
which has a negative effect. Be sure you do not use the /NO
construction of a switch in the same command string with the
o File-Control Switches
These switches can be used any number of times in the command
string. You can also use the /NO construction of a switch in
the same command string with the positive construction. For
more information on temporary and permanent switches, see the
help file SWITCH.
Switch Category Function
/ABEFORE: File Queues the file only if the access
date-time control date is before the specified date
/ACCOUNT: Queue Specifies the account to which the
"string" operation job should be charged. If the
account string contains any
nonalphanumeric characters, you
must enclose the string in
/AFTER: Queue Processes the request after the
date-time operation specified date and time.
/ALLFILES: Queue Accepts a request only if all of
YES or NO operation the files in the request exist. By
default, if any of the files do not
exist, the others will be processed
appropriately. This switch
specifies that if any file does not
exist, no files should be
processed. The value of YES or NO
is optional. If you specify YES,
all the files you specified must
exist or none of the files will be
/ASINCE: File Queues only the files that have
date-time control been accessed since the specified
date and time.
/BEFORE: File Queues only the files that were
date-time control created before the specified date
/CHARACTERISTIC: Queue Specifies an output characteristic.
arg operation You can find a list of the
characteristics arguments defined
for your system in the file
/CHECK Queue Prints on your terminal a list of
operation the queue entries made by your job.
/COPIES:n File Repeats the output the specified
control number of times (n must be less
than 64). The default is 1 (one
/CREATE Queue Makes a new entry in the plotter
operation queue. This switch is the default,
except when you are listing queue
/DEFERRED Queue Causes deferred output to be
operation released to the queue. You must
use one of the following switches
/CREATE completes all released
/KILL eliminates the released
See the <SET> command.
/DELETE File Deletes the file after processing
control it. This is the same as
/DESTINATION: Queue Specifies the node that will
node operation process the output. Use this
switch to specify that the file
should be plotted on a plotter that
is connected to the specified node.
Use the node name or the node
number to specify the node. If a
request is made to a node that does
not exist, the request will wait in
the queue indefinitely.
/DISPOSE:arg File Controls the disposition of the
control file after it is queued. The
arguments to this switch are:
DELETE deletes the file from your
directory after plotting it.
PRESERVE preserves the file after
plotting it. This is the default
RENAME renames the file into the
queuing area, deleting it from your
/DISTRIBUTION: Queue Specifies text to place in the
"text" operation distribution field, on the banner
page of output. You can use this
field to include mailing
information, or the location where
the operator should leave the
listing. The text field may be up
to 39 alphanumeric characters,
including punctuation and spaces if
the text is placed in quotation
/ERBINARY File Prints an error message if a binary
control file is included in the request.
This is the default function.
/ERNONE Queue Prints an error message if no files
operation match the file specification. This
is the default function.
/ERPROTECTION Queue Prints an error message if
operation processing the request would
require a violation of protection
codes. This is the default
/FAST Queue Prints the entries in the queue on
operation your terminal using a fast format.
/FORMS:arg Queue Specifies any special paper to be
operation used. Available forms are listed
/GENERIC File Sends output to the first
control available plotter. This is the
default function. This switch is
the complement to /UNIT.
/HEADER: File Makes header units before each file
YES or NO control if you specify YES. Does not make
headers if you specify NO. 1 may
be used for YES; 0 may be used for
NO. /HEADER:NO is the same as
/NOHEADER. /HEADER is the default
/HELP:arg Queue Prints information on your terminal
operation about the QUEUE command. This
switch does not queue any files.
This switch can be used alone or
with one of the following
TEXT prints a message about the
format and switches to the QUEUE
command. This is the same as /HELP
with no arguments.
SWITCHES prints a list of all the
switches available with the QUEUE
/JOBNAME:name Queue Specifies the name of the job. The
operation job name can be up to six
/KILL Queue Removes the specified entry from
operation the queue. You must specify the
job name, /REQUESTID, or /SEQUENCE,
to the left of the equal sign.
/LENGTH:n:m File Processes only files whose length
control is between n and m blocks.
/LIMIT:n Queue Limits the output to the specified
operation number of minutes.
/LIST:arg Queue Prints a list of the jobs in the
operation queue. If you use /LIST alone, it
shows the jobs in the queue. This
is equivalent to using the QUEUE
command with no arguments and no
switches. /LIST can be abbreviated
to /L. The switch can also take
one of the following arguments:
ALL shows all data about each queue
FAST shows a fast list of the queue
requests. (This is the same as
JOBS shows a list of the jobs in
the queue. (This is the same as
/LIST with no arguments.)
SUMMARY shows only the summary line
of the queue display.
/MESSAGE: Queue Specifies the amount of information
arg operation to be printed when an error occurs
from the request. You can specify
one or more of the following
ADDRESS prints the location in
memory where the error occurred.
CONTINUATION prints information
about the error.
FIRST prints the one-line error
PREFIX prints a six-character error
/MODIFY Queue Alters the specified parameter in
operation the specified job. This switch
requires that you have access
rights to the job. You must
specify a job name, /REQUESTID or
/SEQUENCE, to the left of the equal
sign in the command line.
/NEW: File Accepts the request even if the
YES or NO control file does not yet exist.
/NOHEADER File Suppresses header units for each
control file. /HEADER is the default
/NONEW File Does not accept file specifications
control of files that do not exist. This
is the default function.
/NONOTIFY Queue Suppresses notification of your job
operation when your request is finished.
This is the default function. See
/NONULL Queue Prints a fatal error message on a
operation null request. This is the default
/NOOPTION Queue Suppresses the option file
/NOPHYSICAL File Recognizes logical names in the
control command string. This is the
/NOSTRS File When searching structures for file,
control uses only the first occurrence.
This is the default function.
/NOTES:text Queue Plots the text in the header
operation columns. The text can be up to 12
characters, and it must be enclosed
in quotes if it contains any
nonalphanumeric characters, such as
/NOTIFY:arg Queue Notifies you on your terminal when
operation your request is completed. To be
notified, use /NOTIFY with no
argument, or with YES or 1 as an
argument. To suppress
notification, use /NOTIFY:0,
/NOTIFY:NO, or /NONOTIFY. By
default, you are not notified when
a request is finished. In special
cases, such as output of deferred
requests, you will never be
/NULL: Queue Does not print a fatal error
YES or NO operation message if the specified files do
not exist. /NULL:NO is the same as
/OKBINARY File Accepts files whose extensions
control indicate that they include binary
information. Normally, files with
extensions .SAV, .SHR, .LOW, .REL,
.EXE, and .HGH will not be accepted
/OKNONE Queue Does not produce an error message
operation if no files match the file
/OKPROTECTION Queue Does not produce an error message
operation if a file protection code is
/OPTION:option Queue Uses the option line QUEUE:option
operation in the SWITCH.INI file. For
information about the SWITCH.INI
file, see the help file SWINI.
/PHYSICAL File Does not recognize logical names in
control the command line.
/PLOT:arg File Plots the file in the specified
control mode. If you omit /PLOT, the file
is plotted according to the data
mode specified in the file. The
argument can be any one of the
ASCII plots the file in ASCII mode.
BINARY plots the file in binary
IMAGE plots the file in image mode.
This is the default function.
/PRESERVE File Saves the file after plotting
control it. This is the same as
/DISPOSE:PRESERVE and it is the
/PRIORITY:n Queue Gives the specified priority number
operation (n is 1 to 63) to the request. A
larger number has greater priority.
/PROTECTION: Queue Specifies a protection code for the
nnn operation queue request. Queue requests are
protected in the same way that
files are protected. For
information about protection codes,
see the help file PCODES.
/REMOTE Queue Prints on your terminal a list of
operation remote queues. Must be used with
/REQUESTID:n Queue Specifies the request
operation identification number of a request
you wish to modify or terminate.
The request identification number
is assigned when the request is
/RUN:file Queue Executes the specified file after
operation the request is made.
/RUNCORE:n Queue Executes the file specified /RUN in
operation nK of core after the request is
/RUNOFFSET:n Queue Executes the file specified in /RUN
operation offset n after the request is made.
/SEQUENCE:n Queue Specifies a sequence number to aid
operation in identifying a request to be
modified or deleted.
/SINCE: File Queues only the files with creation
date-time control dates after the specified date and
/STRS: File Searches for the file on all
YES or NO control structures in the search list and
takes every occurrence. The
default is to take just the first
occurrence of the file.
/TMPFIL: Queue Creates a temporary file TMP:file
file:text operation and enters the text into the
/UNIT:n Queue Specifies the unit number of the
operation device that you want the output
/USERNAME: Queue Specifies the user name field for
"name" operation the banner page of output. This
field can contain up to 39
alphanumeric characters, and may
include punctuation and spaces if
the name is placed in quotation
When a new entry is made in a system queue, the system prints a
message on the user's terminal. The message is in the form:
[PLOTTER JOB name QUEUED, REQUEST #nnn, LIMIT xxx]
Where: name is the name of the job in the queue. This can be
specified by the user in the PLOT command string.
Otherwise, it defaults to the name of the first file in
nnn is the number that represents the request
identification of the job in the queue.
xxx is the maximum number of minutes that the job will
Leaves your terminal in monitor level.
Destroys your core image.
Does not require LOGIN when you desire a list of the queue
Runs the QUEUE program.
Plot all files with the extension .PLT. The operator is asked to
put PLAIN paper on the plotter.
[PLOTTER JOB MLB QUEUED, REQUEST #172, LIMIT 30]