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Hylafax setup (Contributed by tpowa)

1. to get it:

pacman -S hylafax
it could be that you need a MTA installed like postfix

2. Setup:

- After installation please run faxsetup as root.
  Answer the questions and modify it to your needs.
- please run faxaddmodem as root.
  it asks you for the device, attention there is the first trap, leave out the /dev
  only enter eg. modem, ttyS0 or such things
- answer the other questions, important are maybe the ringtones or max pages or
  or permissions on files or your Name that should be shown.
- after that you have to modify your inittab, add this line to it
  f1:2345:respawn:/usr/lib/fax/faxgetty <enteryourdevice>
  <enteryourdevice>= for example modem ttyS0 etc.
- telinit q
- add hylafax to daemons array and if you want to start now /etc/rc.d/./hylafax start

3. Hints and Tips:

  • Pagesize:
Hylafax defaults are made for North America settings.
Pagesize of send faxes can be adjusted in /usr/lib/fax/pagesizes
for A4 default setup please change the file to that:
Japanese Legal          JP-LEG  12141   17196   11200    15300  900     400
#default        NA-LET  10200   13200    9240    12400  472     345
default         A4      9920    14030   9240    13200   472     345
  • No Dialtone error or if you are a laptop user:
- If you need a special number to get the Dialtone add this to your
 uncomment the ModemDialCmd line, and change ATDT%s to ATDT<yournumber>%s

- For laptop users it might be helpfull to deactivate the Dialtone check
  uncomment the ModemDialCmd line, and change ATDT%s to ATX3DT%s
  • Automatic Fax printing
You want your faxes printed.
Add this to /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd at the end
/usr/bin/tiff2ps -a -h 11.1082 -w 7.8543 $FILE || /usr/bin/lpr -P <yourprintername>
this setup is for A4 pagesize, adjust -h and -w to your needs if you need an other size.
  • Disabling MTA actions
normally hylafax uses a MTA to receive faxes, if you don't need that change, your
change NOTIFY_FAXMASTER=always to never
  • enable automatic printing of Notifications
If you want notifications to be printed out and not mailed, change your
change NOTIFY_FAXMASTER=never to always #(this enables notifications)
and at the end of that file
commentthis line : ) || 2>&1 $SENDMAIL -f$FROMADDR -oi -t
add this as next line: ) || 2>&1 lpr -P <yourprinter> -p

Remember to add your changed file to pacmans NoUpgrade list else your changes might get lost on update.

  • Usefull commands:
faxstat (shows you the status of hylafax)
faxstat -s (shows you the send status)
faxstat -r (shows received faxes)
faxalter -a now <jobid> (forces send retry now)
faxrm <jobid> (deletes fax from sendqueue)
for more options please read the manpages of each program

4. Where are my files?

Your received faxes will be saved in /var/spool/hylafax/rcvq/ and deleted after 30 days.
Your send faxes will be saved in /var/spool/hylafax/sendq/ # don't know about deletion.

5. Apps for hylafax:

Linux Apps:
- kfax is a nice app to view the received tiff files.
- KDE has a printer to send your document to fax, change it to use the hylafax backend.

Windows Apps:
- WFHC is a nice hylafax client for windows.
  get it here: http://www.uli-eckhardt.de/whfc/
- SuSEfax is also a nice client for windows.
  get it here: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/discontinued/i386/SuSEFax_WIN32

For more information and configuration on hylafax please read the manpages or browse the web.