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Can we have this in ports ? http://vigna.dsi.unimi.it/fax4CUPS/ Or somthing simular that can provide fax support in cups ?...

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    Can we have this in ports ?

    http://vigna.dsi.unimi.it/fax4CUPS/

    Or somthing simular that can provide fax support in cups ?
    Gert Guest

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    Gert Cuykens wrote: 

    Are you volunteering?


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    Chris

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    On Apr 10, 2005 9:58 PM, Chris <com> wrote: 
    >
    > Are you volunteering?
    >
    > --
    > Best regards,
    > Chris
    >
    > Anything is possible, but nothing is easy.
    >[/ref]

    How do you mean ?

    I did not install it yet but it sounds useful if cups could handle a
    serial fax like a printer :)

    Aldo i think the script can only send faxes and not handle incoming
    faxes like printing them or sending them to a mailbox directory. But i
    am sure you can add some magic faxing features to it :)

    10$ its going to be a popular port and for people like you not that
    hart to add some fax incomming features :) With a little bit of luck
    you don't have to compile anything :)
    Gert Guest

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    Gert Cuykens writes: 
    > >
    > > Are you volunteering?
    > >
    > > Anything is possible, but nothing is easy.
    > >[/ref]
    >
    > How do you mean ?
    >
    > I did not install it yet but it sounds useful if cups could handle a
    > serial fax like a printer :)
    >
    > Aldo i think the script can only send faxes and not handle incoming
    > faxes like printing them or sending them to a mailbox directory. But i
    > am sure you can add some magic faxing features to it :)
    >
    > 10$ its going to be a popular port and for people like you not that
    > hart to add some fax incomming features :) With a little bit of luck
    > you don't have to compile anything :)[/ref]

    It does work well, (as per the sp docs in the tar file.) You can
    use efax for incoming faxes, (or better, hylafax, if you can talk
    org into coming down and configuring it for you,) and the
    fax4CUPS does appear as a printer according to lpstat -a, and does
    send faxes, (saved as a postscript file out of openoffice.org, etc.)
    You will have to use cup's lpr -j option to tell it the "fax printer"
    what number to send the fax to, (so you will probably have to
    configure a printer in everyone's openoffice.org, etc.)

    The lpadmin command to install the cups/efax printer is:

    lpadmin -p efax -L machine -D fax -E -v efax:/dev/ttyXX -m efax.ppd

    Where efax.ppd is installed in probably /usr/share/cups/model/, and
    the efax script, (with the first 8 lines modified for your
    configuration,) installed in probably /usr/lib/cups/backend/.

    Note: if "efax answer" is running on /dev/ttyXX from /etc/inittab, it
    may be necessary to disable "efax answer" for the lpadmin command, but
    only to install the "fax printer," (apparently, lpadmin doesn't like
    other things listening on its serial printer ports when it installs
    the printer.)

    If you use efax or hylafax for incoming, enable MIME e-mailing of the
    fax to a faxmaster, who distributes the file to the appropriate
    machine-its default for hylafax. For efax, configure /etc/efax.rc and
    /usr/bin/fax, (these are some script changes,) to send the fax
    attachment as a postscript file so they can be read with
    gv/ghostscript, (which probably came with your cups installation.) The
    efax/tiff file formats come out half size if a low resolution fax is
    received, which is corrected if postscript is used.

    Recommendation: YMMV, but hylafax is a bit difficult to configure, but
    is very robust once running; efax is probably preferable for
    non-industrial strength applications.

    FWIW ...

    John

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    John Guest

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