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(operating system, tool)
Software or hardware to which data is spooled and which processes that data (e.g. prints it) in the background.
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print spooler

Software that manages sending jobs to the printer. When an application prints a document, the formatted output is stored on disk, and the print spooler feeds the print images to the printer in the background at slower printing speeds. Storing the print jobs on disk allows multiple printing requests to be queued while the user continues printing from the same or other application without waiting for the current document to be printed. See spooling.


(Simultaneous Peripheral Operations OnLine) The overlapping of low-speed operations with normal processing. Spooling originated with mainframes in order to optimize slow operations such as reading cards and printing. Card input was read onto disk and printer output was stored on disk. In that way, the business data processing was performed at high speed, receiving input from disk and sending output to disk. Subsequently, spooling is used to buffer data for the printer as well as remote batch terminals. See print spooler.
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We had not thought to change the start-up command for WordPerfect in Dosshell, so the print spooler was not present, and we ended up with the file we wished to print sitting on the hard disk waiting for the print spooler to jump into action.
"The system's multi-tasking capability, combined with a print spooler feature, also speeds up the printing of reports.
* Print spooling softwareTo keep the user working on other projects while he waits for a document to print, buy him a print spooler, which stores the output on disk and lets the user manage the print queue, instead of the queue managing the user.
I will probably need to add 512K of RAM to my machine, as some of my spreadsheets are larger than 400K, and I have a 128K print spooler in extended memory I would like to continue using.
He told the High Court in Aberdeen Mikey had gone inside a giant spooler drum they were refurbishing to start painting it.