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How to work with MAIL360 Manager using MailStream Plus on UNIX or Linux

Products Affected:  MailStream Plus™, MAIL360 Manager™
Product Feature:  Generating the IMB 
Operating System:  UNIX, Linux
MailStream Plus interfaces with the MAIL360 Manager, allowing you to automatically number and generate either 31-digit letter mailpiece barcodes or Intelligent Mail® parcel barcodes (the latter can have various lengths). Before you use the MAIL360 Manager, it is important to understand some basic Intelligent Mail barcode concepts. For more information on the Intelligent Mail barcode, refer to the IMBOUT parameter description in Chapter 1, Parameter Reference in your MailStream Plus Guide.

Once the MailStream Plus and MAIL360 Manager products are installed, the MailStream Plus job script will need to have additional dd statements added.  The MailStream Plus parameter file will also need additional parameters added.  Before using the MAIL360 Manager on the Unix or Linux platforms, read the information and follow the steps in this section.

The following MAIL360 Manager environment variables are set when the setup script is sourced at run time:
MAIL360 Manager Installed Environment Variables For Unix and Linux
Environment
Variable                     Description

G1IMB                          This environment variable points to the root folder for MAIL360 Manager
                                      installation. This variable is set at runtime when the MAIL360 Manager setup is
                                      sourced.
                                      NOTE: Do not make changes to this variable.
 
G1IMBDATA                 This environment variable points to the data directory for the MAIL360 Manager
                                     data files. This data directory includes:
                                      • g1imb.msg - MAIL360 Manager error/warning message file
                                      • g1imb.ds - Local serial number data set file
                                     This variable is set at runtime when the MAIL360 Manager setup is sourced.
                                     Typically, you do not change this variable unless you want your local
                                     serial number dataset to reside in a different location than the default location
                                     set at installation. If you relocate this file, you must also copy the g1imb.msg file
                                     to this location as well.
 
G1IMBLOG                  This environment variable points to the log file. This variable is optional on Unix.
                                     By default, the log is written to the directory defined in the 
                                     G1IMBDATA environment and is named g1imb.LOG. You may use this
                                     environment variable to override the default location and log file name.
 
G1IMBXRF                  This environment variable points to the Mailpiece file. Add a set statement for this
                                     environment variable to your MailStream Plus job file and set it to the full path
                                     and file name to indicate the location to write the Mailpiece file for the MAIL360
                                     Data Manager.
 
Follow these steps to use the MAIL360 Manager on the UNIX or Linux platform.
   1. Install MAIL360 Manager on your target UNIX or Linux machine.
   2. Source the setup for MAIL360 Manager first. Next, source the setup for MailStream Plus.
   3. To use a local numbering file that is not located in the directory specified by the G1IMBDATA
        variable (defined in the setup file):
      a. Add a statement for G1IMBDATA to your MailStream Plus job file. This statement should point to
          the directory where the local numbering file resides. This local numbering file (g1imb.ds) does not
          need to exist the first time you run the job. MAIL360 Manager creates this file for you.
      b. You must also copy file g1imb.msg to this new directory. You can find this file in the directory
           pointed to by the G1IMBDATA variable (defined in the setup file).
   4. Complete these parameter definitions, when/if they are applicable to your job:
      a. IMBOUT - Specify option A in position 44.
      b. IP IMB - Specify the address of the remote numbering services. This is only needed when
          position 8, Numbering Engine, of the ML 360 parameter is set to R (Use the remote numbering               
          engine (MAIL360 Connector)).
      c. ML 360 - Define the configuration values.
      d. ADQUAL - Define the location of any address quality indicators in your input file records.
      e. E KEY - Define the location of any enterprise keys for mailpieces in the Mailpiece file (optional).
      f. IMBCTL - Define a general control flag and creation of the Intelligent Mail barcode numbers.
      g. IMBINB - Define the location of the input file components for building the inbound Intelligent Mail
          barcode piece and the input file location to post the inbound Intelligent Mail barcode piece.
      h. SRVFRQ - Define the posting frequency of the alternate service type code for Intelligent Mail
          barcodes.
      i. UDATAI - Define the location of user-defined data in the input record for inbound Intelligent Mail
         barcode mailpieces (optional).
      j. UDATAS - Define the location of user-defined data in the input record for the mailpiece set
         (optional).
      k. ZIPINB - Define the inbound Intelligent Mail barcode ZIP Code.
   5. Execute the MailStream Plus with MAIL360 Manager job to ensure that the job runs properly.
 

 
UPDATED:  October 19, 2017