IPP> MOD - Re: JobStateReasons -1 [semantics of canceledByOperator]

IPP> MOD - Re: JobStateReasons -1 [semantics of canceledByOperator]

IPP> MOD - Re: JobStateReasons -1 [semantics of canceledByOperator]

Tom Hastings hastings at cp10.es.xerox.com
Thu Aug 28 20:51:29 EDT 1997


Harry,


Its very helpful to have your list of the job-state-reasons that you
implemented in your Job Monitoring MIB and your interpretation of the
job-state-reasons.  Since the job-state-reasons that are in the JMP
jmJobStateReasons1 object are intended to be the same as the IPP
"job-state-reasons" attribute, we need to keep them sematically
in synch.  So I have copied the IPP DL as well on this.


The only description that I have some question about as you draw attention to
is the distinction that you make between the canceledByUser and 
canceledByOperator reasons: you use the canceledByOperator when a local 
user cancels a job.  Now is the time to clarify/fix the specification.


Do you have the concept of a remote operator who has more privileges
than a remote user?  For example, can a remote operator cancel any
job, while a remote user can only cancel his/her own jobs?  That was the
intent of the canceledByUser versus the canceledByOperator reason
(in DPA and IPP and other systems).


However, you bring up a new kind of user: the local/walkup user who
may have more privileges than a remote user, while having less privileges
(or the same privileges) as a remote operator.


Does your walkup user have to identify himself/herself to the system
somehow, so that the system can prevent such a user from canceling
some other user's job?  Or can the local user cancel any user's
job?  Or can the local user cancel only the current job?


We at Xerox have been wrestling with the special status of the walkup
user at the local console of the machine, as well.  Since the policy of such a
local/walkup user may be more privileged than a remote user, but not as 
privileged as a remote (or local) operator, we have seen the need to introduce
this additional category of user.  Social pressure may be the 
only way to reduce the abuse of the privileges of a walkup/local user
for systems where the policy is to grant local users more privileges
than remote users.


The current specs for the two canceled reasons are:


JMP:


jobCanceledByUser	0x800
The job was canceled by the user, i.e., by an unknown user or by a user
whose name is the same as the value of the job's jmJobOwner object.


jobCanceledByOperator	0x1000
The job was canceled by the operator, i.e., by a user whose name is
different than the value of the job's jmJobOwner object.


IPP:


'job-cancelled-by-user':  The job was cancelled by the user using the
CancelJob request, i.e., by a user whose name is the same as the value of
the job's "job-originating-user" attribute.


'job-cancelled-by-operator':  The job was cancelled by the operator using
the CancelJob request, i.e., by a user whose name is different than the
value of the job's "job-originating-user" attribute.


[We ought to agree on whether canceled as one or two l's.]  
MS-WORDs spell checker prefers one leter l, though I suspect that both
are correct.


So I see two alternative for the specification (and IPP):


1. Generalize the canceledByOperator to include the local/walkup user


2. Add a new reason: canceledByLocalUser


I prefer the second alternative, since it is then clear to the remote
user (job owner) why/who canceled his/her job.  So that for systems
that do have remote operators, the distinction can be made between
the remote operator and a local user by having two separate reasons.


Comments?


Tom












At 10:06 08/28/97 PDT, Harry Lewis wrote:
>In review, we have one final request to move a jobStateReason. We would
>like to see submissionInterrupted moved into Reasons-1.
>
>I would also like to share the jobStateReasons which we have found the
>most practical and useful.
>
>
>deviceStopped - open cover, paper jam etc.
>
>jobPrinting - from first to last page unless there is an error or the
>              printer goes offline
>
>submissionInterrupted - I/O timeout occurs
>
>processingToStoppedPoint - between cancel request and actual end of
>                           cancel operation


[I'll proposing adding to IPP in a separate e-mail, since we've moved it 
into jmJobStateReasons1 in JMP].


>
>serviceOffline - printer is offline (with or without errors)


[I'll proposing adding to IPP in a separate e-mail, since JMP is considering
moving it into jmJobStateReasons1 in JMP].




>
>canceledByOperator - canceled at the printer
>
>canceledByUser - canceled remotely
>
>
>We think there is benefit in a design that relies mainly on the Reasons-1
>category due to it's mandatory distinction. This is why we have requested
>a few jobStateReasons be moved to Reasons-1.
>
>I'd like to offer our interpretation, above, as sort of a "Top 7" (akin to
>the Alert table top 25) and see if others agree. I know, offhand, that our
>interpretation of the canceled reasons is a bit different than the strict
>definitions and may not fit the server implementation exactly. If anyone
>reads the strict definitions, when you are finished chuckling, you may
>want to help explain them. I think they're from DPA;-) ;-) ;-).


Please point out what is puzzling, so we can fix it.


>
>
>Harry Lewis
>
>



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