FCB Resource dialog box

Use this dialog box to configure an FCB resource. You can access this dialog box when you configure an FCB resource in the Process Designer or the Resource Manager dialog box.


Specifies the name of the FCB resource.

The FCB name is important since the FCB selection from the output process or business rule action will select an FCB resource based on the Document Property field used. In most cases the Document Property Form Name field is used as the variable in selecting the FCB resource. For example, if you receive a file from the mainframe via RJE the PDIR record is processed and any form name found is mapped to the Form Name document property. Then during conversion, the corresponding FCB resource will be used to format the report. A PDIR form name of CHKS would expect that there was an FCB resource defined named CHKS and would apply the CHKS FCB resource. If the action cannot find the FCB resource it will apply STD.


Provides a description of the FCB resource.


Displays any comments about the resource.

Printer Family

Use the check boxes to determine if the resource will be used for all printer families or only for certain printer families.

Data Type

Use the check boxes to determine if the resource will be used for all data types or only for certain data types.

Import Resource Data

Browse button — Allows for importing resource data. Imported files must be a binary FCB resource, such as those used by the Output Manager Print Server.

Resource Editor

Lines/Inch — Specifies the line spacing, either 6 or 8 lines-per-inch. You can change the value to 8 to tighten the line spacing and enable more data to fit on a page. The default is 6 lines per inch.

Printable lines/page — Specifies the number of lines that will print per page. For example, if there are 66 Lines/Page and you enter 60 Printable lines/page, then you will print lines 1 through 60 on each page of the document.

Lines/page — Specifies the page length. This number is calculated by multiplying the length of the paper (usually 11 inches) by the number of lines per page (usually 6). The default is 66 lines per page. This will change the size of the FCB that is sent with the data.

Grid — Lists the currently defined channel stops. Channel stops are used to define vertical spacing. When a printer encounters a command to advance to a channel stop, the print head moves to the specified line and the data is printed. Channel stop 1 usually indicates the top of the form or the first line where the printer will begin printing.

You can change the grid’s sort order by clicking the Channel or Line Number column headings. When you click a column heading, the data of both columns will sort in ascending order based on the column selected.

Add button — Adds a channel stop.

Remove button — Deletes the selected channel stop.

Export button

Allows for exporting the resource data. Unlike the Export button on the Resource Manager dialog box, this exports only the text data from the Resource Editor area to a text file.