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Leftover .spl files in printer spool dir

By mmikelas ·
Running NT Server 4.0 SP4... Originally had some strange printing issues related to HP JetAdmin software which was removed from the server. All workstations can print again, however, I'm continually finding leftover .spl files in the printer spooldirectory. Over time, these build up and end users start having printing problems again. I can shut down the spool service, delete the leftovers and printing resumes, but the leftover files start piling up again. Will the appicatoin of SP6a solvethis issue as I've read it does with other printing problems, or am I missing something else?

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Leftover .spl files in printer spool dir

by barneyrubble318 In reply to Leftover .spl files in pr ...

SP6a is much more stable on a print server. You may also want to check the firmware versions of your jetadmin hardware. The Web based JetAdmin software can do it remotely. I have also had luck by deleting queues, then the ports for every printer and recreating them. One bad port on the server can cause trouble for every queue on the server, making it very hard to track. Check the nt event log for LPR or LPD errors and look them up on the MS Knowledge Base.

You shouldn't have to stop thespooler to clean up the files. The leitiate files won't delete, the bad files will.

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