Here at IBM we have implemented a job monitoring application that uses the
job MIB. In looking at IPP to see if we could do the same monitoring using
IPP instead, I noticed that there are many attributes that are defined in
the job MIB that aren't defined in IPP. We have found using our monitoring
application that some of these missing attributes are important to be able
to do accurate job monitoring.
Therefore, my question is whether the IPP group should consider adding some
attributes to facilitate better job monitoring.
Specifically, the job MIB attributes that are missing and that I think are
Numbers 1-3 are needed to present detailed information on job status when
the job contains multiple copies--for example, "Printed page 3 of 5, copy 2
of 3". Number 4 is not absolutely essential, but we have found that it is
often helpful in unusual situations.
It is possible that there are other missing attributes that are
"important"--I'll let others bring those up if they feel the need.
In doing this effort, I found Tom Hastings' document ietf-ipp.pdf on the
pwg ftp site, which compares the list of attributes defined for the job MIB
with the list of attributes defined for IPP. Because the document was
out-of-date, I updated it and will be publishing the update to the ftp site
shortly. Harry Lewis is going to bring copies of the current state of the
updated document to New Orleans.
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