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Following steps illustrating the setup of fax machine on a Linux box and send faxes direct on application with "Print" command. Its features are similar to running Symantic WinFax on MS Windows box. The complete steps are divided into 3 parts, namely;


Part-1

Installation of efax-gtk package
http://efax-gtk.sourceforge.net
efax-gtk is the front-end of efax
http://www.cce.com/efax/


Part-2

Setup of fax machine on a Linux box,

Arch Linux

Version 86-64 2007-08-2
Gnome Desktop


Part-3

Setup of a Virtual fax printer, allowing to send fax direct on application with the "Print" command.



Part-1

Installing efax-gtk

package:- efax-gtk-3.0.12-1 in the AUR

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=6884

It needs following dependencies

glibc
gtk2
libsigc++2.0


Other packages required

cups 1.3.6-1
libcups 1.3.6-1
libgnomecups 0.2.3-1


To check whether the aforementioned dependencies are already running on the Arch Linux box;

$ pacman -Qs glibc

local/glibc 2.7-7 (base)
GNU C Library
local/nss-mdns 0.10-1
glibc plugin providing host name resolution via mDNS


$ pacman -Qs gtk2

local/gtk-sharp-2 2.10.2-1
gtk2 bindings for C#
local/gtk2 2.12.8-1
The GTK+ Toolkit (v2)


$ pacman -Qs libsigc++

local/libsigc++2.0 2.1.1-1
Libsigc++ implements a full callback system for use in widget libraries - V2

They are already running on the Arch Linux box.


$ sudo nano /etc/makepkg.conf

set PKGDEST as;
PKGDEST=/home/user/efax-gtk


Creating the prebuild package

$ cd /home/user
$ wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/efax-gtk/efax-gtk.tar.gz


$ tar zxpf efax-gtk.tar.gz
$ cd efax-gtk
$ ls
PKGBUILD


$ makepkg

==> ERROR: efax-gtk is not available for the 'x86_64' architecture.
Note that many packages may need a line added to their PKGBUILD
such as arch=('x86_64').


$ cat PKGBUILD

pkgname=efax-gtk
pkgver=3.0.12
pkgrel=1
pkgdesc="Efax-gtk is a GUI front end for the efax fax program"
url="http://efax-gtk.sourceforge.net"
license="GPL"
depends=('gtk2' 'glibc' 'libsigc++2.0')
makedepends=(pkgconfig)
source=(http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/efax-gtk/$pkgname-$pkgver.src.tgz)
build() {
#   mkdir -p $startdir/pkg/var/spool/fax
  cd $startdir/src/$pkgname-$pkgver
 ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --with-spooldir=/var/spool/fax
 make || return 1
 make DESTDIR=$startdir/pkg install
}
md5sums=('837a212ea4e5e86cba32ea558c2e8c8a'


add;

arch=('x86_64')

between the lines;

pkgver=3.0.12
and
pkgrel=1


$ cat PREBUILD

pkgname=efax-gtk
pkgver=3.0.12
arch=('x86_64')
pkgrel=1
pkgdesc="Efax-gtk is a GUI front end for the efax fax program"
url="http://efax-gtk.sourceforge.net"
license="GPL"
depends=('gtk2' 'glibc' 'libsigc++2.0')
makedepends=(pkgconfig)
source=(http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/efax-gtk/$pkgname-$pkgver.src.tgz)
build() {
#   mkdir -p $startdir/pkg/var/spool/fax
  cd $startdir/src/$pkgname-$pkgver
 ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --with-spooldir=/var/spool/fax
 make || return 1
 make DESTDIR=$startdir/pkg install
}
md5sums=('837a212ea4e5e86cba32ea558c2e8c8a'


$ makepkg

.....
.....
==> Tidying install...
 -> Removing info/doc files...
 -> Compressing man pages...
 -> Stripping debugging symbols from binaries and libraries...
==> Creating package...
 -> Generating .PKGINFO file...
 -> Compressing package...
==> Leaving fakeroot environment.
==> Finished making: efax-gtk (Sat Mar 22 21:32:49 HKT 2008)


$ sudo pacman -U efax-gtk-3.0.12-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.gz

Password: 
loading package data...
checking dependencies...
(1/1) checking for file conflicts  [#################################################] 100%
(1/1) installing efax-gtk          [#################################################] 100%


$ which efax-gtk

/usr/bin/efax-gtk


On GNOME desktop

Applications --> Office --> Efax-gtk

starts "efax-gtk: Conditions, Notices and Disclaimers" window

--> Accept

start "efax-gtk" window
Socket running on port 9900


Part-2

Applications --> Office --> efax-gtk

starts "efax-gtk"


Make following change;

File --> Settings

--> Identity
Name:   Your name
Number: Your fax/tel line number

--> Modem Change;

Serial Device:ttyS1

as;

ttyS0

--> Receive

[check] Popup dialog when fax received by modem

leaving others as DEFAULT --> OK


Clicking "Standby"

[Inactive] changed to [Standing by to receive calls]


On the windown box displaying;

Socket running on port 9900
efax-0.9a:14:07:41 opened /dev/ttySO
efax-0.9a:14:07:43
efax-0.9a: 13:29:34 using V2.210-
V90_2M DLSROCKWELLAC/K56 in class 2
efax-0.9a: 13:29:34 waiting for activity


Efax-gtk can now send and receive faxes.


Part-3

Setup "Print Fax" command allowing to send fax on application with "Print" command.


Perform following steps;

  1. On a browser, type localhost:631 on URL-box
  2. Click "Administration" tag and select "Add Printer".
  3. On "Add new printer" page, fill in the first line ("Name") with Fax, leaving other two lines blank. --> Continue
  4. On "Device for Fax" page, highlight "Internet Printing Protocol (ipp)" (actually, it doesn't matter what you select). --> Continue
  5. On "Device URI for Fax" page, replace "ipp:" with "socket://localhost:9900". --> Continue
  6. On "Maker/Manufacturer for Fax" highlight "Raw" --> Continue
  7. On "Model/Driver for Fax" page highlight "Raw Quene (en)" --> Add Printer
  8. On "Enter username and password for "CUPS" at http://localhost:631" window
Username: root
Password: root password --> OK
9. "Set Printer Options"
Fax: Banners
Starting Banner: none
Ending Banner: none
--> Set printer Options
Fax: Policies
Error Policy: stop-printer
Operation Policy: default
--> Set printer Options (clicking either one can work)


Then following notice displayed

The fax printer has been configured successfully.


Testing

Start OpenOffice Writer

Typing few lines on it.

File --> Print --> Select "Fax" --> OK

Starts "efax-gtk: print job received on socket" window automatically.

Enter "Tel number:" --> Send fax


Fax sent.

Enjoy !!!