Input device types

Input devices receive input files, create jobs, and submit them to the Ricoh ProcessDirector system for processing.

Input devices accept individual or multiple data sets or input files and submit them for processing. The input device can process multiple data sets or files in either of these ways:

  • It can collect the data and submit it as a single job.
  • It can submit each data set or file as a child of a parent job.

The types of input devices are:

Hot folder

Hot folder input devices are directories that the system monitors. When a print job is copied or sent to a hot folder, the system notices it and begins to process it.

LPD

Line printer daemon (LPD) input devices receive jobs that are submitted using the LPD protocol. LPD input devices specify a control file to change LPD control file parameters for a job to a job properties file in property name=value format. For PDF jobs, the control file is receive_lpd_pdf_jobtype.cfg. For AFP jobs, the control file is receive_lpd_jobtype.cfg.

Download

Download input devices receive data sets from Download for z/OS or AFP Download Plus. Download for z/OS and AFP Download Plus send job control language (JCL) parameters in a separate file with the job. Download input devices specify the control file, receive_jcl_jobtype.cfg, to change JCL parameters for a job to a job properties file in property name=value format. This device type is only available if the AFP Support feature is installed.

REST web service

REST web service input devices call a Representational State Transfer web service to retrieve XML or JSON files from an application. The input device can create a job containing the entire XML or JSON file, or it can examine the file using an XPath or JSONPath expression. If the input device finds XML elements or JSON objects specified by the expression, it can create a single job containing the entire file. Alternatively, it can create one or more jobs, each containing a portion of the file. This device type is only available if the Web Services Enablement feature is installed.

SOAP web service

SOAP web service input devices call a Simple Object Access Protocol web service to retrieve XML files from an application. The input device can create a job containing the entire XML file, or it can examine the file using an XPath expression. If the input device finds XML elements specified by the expression, it can create a single job containing the entire file. Alternatively, it can create one or more jobs, each containing a portion of the file. This device type is only available if the Web Services Enablement feature is installed.

Ricoh ProcessDirector provides predefined input devices that you can use as samples.

 
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