PMP Mail Archive: Re: PMP> Paper Out with Tray linking - Alerts

PMP Mail Archive: Re: PMP> Paper Out with Tray linking - Alerts

Re: PMP> Paper Out with Tray linking - Alerts

JK Martin (
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 02:05:25 -0500

Very interesting comments regarding the "paper out" vs. "paper low"
scenarios. As a mgmt app developer, here are my brief comments on
the recent postings by Harry, Bill and Gail:

- I believe the HR MIB variables are used to indicate printer "down"
conditions more so than printer "warning" conditions; this is only
my opinion, as everyone's mileage will vary considerably with the
HR MIB. That is, I think it is very conceivable that we will find
more than one scenario in which the HR MIB trio of status variables
will not work well. We'll have to live with that, and resolve how
to handle such situations.

- In the case of Harry's "linked input tray" scenario, I think it's
in the best interest of everyone (ie, users, operators, etc) that
a supplies issue has arisen (eg, a tray is out of paper, even
though the printer might still be able to print). Our customers
want to be proactive rather than reactive, and anything that can
help them stay out in front of printer-stopping conditions is
always considered a big plus.

- I don't think the approach for combining a set of linked trays into
a singular (abstracted) "tray" is a good idea. Too much complexity.
Simply reflect the status of each tray in the corresponding subunit
status field and expect the mgmt app to monitor and handle the
semantics in an "appropriate" fashion.

Just my $0.02 worth.


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