Batch Print Files
Vouchers are generated in batches as a manually triggered action. As an output of a voucher batch:
- Voucher records are created and stored in the voucher server’s database, with encrypted HRNs
- A voucher batch print file is generated and stored on the voucher server’s disk with unencrypted HRNs.
The voucher serial number is the matching field used to correlate a voucher in the voucher server’s database to a voucher “in the wild”.
Example Batch File
The following is an example voucher batch print file, generated for a voucher batch of five vouchers and one voucher type:
# ============================================================================= # BATCH INFORMATION # ============================================================================= # Batch name: 2020-01-01 $10 Voucher # # Count by voucher type: # # "$10 Voucher": 5 # # # Total balance amount: # USD: "50" # # ============================================================================= # VOUCHER RECORDS BEGIN # Serial number, HRN, voucher type # ============================================================================= 30201,3013243617422355,$10 Voucher 30202,4424599365145765,$10 Voucher 30203,9230653988761593,$10 Voucher 30204,2611485983387015,$10 Voucher 30205,9541459766489849,$10 Voucher
Print File Format
The print file format is customisable, however in the default template information is printed as a CSV file, with comment lines.
Comment lines are those with a hash (
#) at the start of the line, and extend the full length
of the line. Comments cannot be added to the end of the line.
The header section of a print file is general information in no particular format.
It is important to note that by default it includes the voucher batch
to allow easy matching between the voucher batch and print file.
Voucher Records Section
The voucher records section includes a CSV line for each voucher generated as part of the batch. Each CSV record includes the following fields:
||The unique numeric serial number identifying the voucher. This is the only way to match a voucher to a record in the voucher server database, unless the HRN is encrypted and matched to an encrypted HRN record.|
||The unencrypted HRN which a user/subscriber will use when attempting to redeem the voucher.|
||As a voucher batch may include multiple voucher types, this column matches a voucher in the print file (the HRN)|
The output location of the voucher print files will depend on the voucher batch configuration
used when generating the print file. The default output location will be the
directory on the OCS server responsible for generating voucher batches. Voucher generation is
a serialised task, and only one OCS server will be responsible for this task.