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Offending command: SAPencode Postscript driver


Does anyone knows what Offending command: SAPencode means? I have tried to find notes about or SCN discussions but no luck for me.

In the attached file you can see the output I get from the printer.


Markus ter Haar

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    Oct 23, 2015 at 09:13 AM


    SAPencode is a PS function defined in PostScript device types of SAP (e.g. POST2) , SAPencode is used for ABAP list and OTF printing (SAPscript, Smart Forms).

    If you run SPAD to view the contents of spool formats DINA4 or X_65_80  for POST2 device type, you can find this so-called "Postcript prolog"  in action "Printer Initialization".

    I assume you created a spool request which is missing this prolog because the request uses a spooler format  + device type combination where this prolog is not defined.



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    • Former Member Alexander Bolloni

      Hi Alexander,

      Thats it. Now I don't get the "Offending command: SAPencode" anymore. Now I get "Offending command: image. There must be something wrong with one of the images in the smartform. I will have a look.

      Thanks for your help.


      Markus ter Haar