From rick Sun Nov 11 05:09:25 2001
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 05:09:25 -0800
Subject: Re: printerconf
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> Finally what is the best fax software to use on linux?

The best-known are HylaFAX ( and efax. I've never
used either. Proprietary alternatives include Fax2Send and PMfax Lite.
You may (or may not) find these HOWTO documents relevant:

(I cannot address what is 'best".)

In general, the (Linux Documentation Project) HOWTO
documents and resource links are an excellent starting point for these
research matters. Google is of course another.

Cheers, "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first
Rick Moen woman she meets, and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill again." -- Rick Polito's That TV Guy column,
describing the movie _The Wizard of Oz_

From rick Thu May 1 19:42:14 2003
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 19:42:14 -0700
Subject: Re: fax through a modem how do I ?

Quoting Avery de Brouwer (

> I have a dial up modem and 2-3 fax programs
> How do I send a fax With a document from abi-word, kword or
> openoffice,org writer or floppy

I have no experience doing fax operations from Linux. However, my
understanding is that you install a package such as efax that allows you
to address a fax-modem device as if it were a printer, and then
configure your printing software to recognise the quasi-printer as a
valid printing destination.

Here's a general guide to doing that:

Please note that the author seems to have in mind editing the
/etc/printcap file directly to create the printer entry, and that the
approach mentioned seems specific to the antique Berkeley lpr program,
which you do _not_ run: If memory serves, you run CUPS.

Thus, just following his list of steps will not work for you, and you'd
have to figure out how to implement his underlying ideas equivalently in
CUPS. (What I'm saying is: Don't expect it to be easy, or for it to be
pointy-clicky to set up and debug. Other people with explanations more
suitable to Avery's situation, now's your chance to speak up.)

Cheers, A good man has few enemies; a ruthless man has none.
Rick Moen

From rick Wed May 28 12:37:35 2003
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 12:37:35 -0700
Subject: Re: [pigdog] Palms, desktops and Linux

Quoting Kurt Weiske (


> How about Fax integration?

It's my recollection that you use something like efax to add a fax
device to the known printer objects, and then treat it as if it were a
printer. Here's a mini-HOWTO, which unfortunately is really old:

It may also be possible to do something that lets you automatically send
faxes a la Outlook, but that's way beyond my experience. (I recognise
the merit of PIMs, but don't happen to use them, and tend to stick to
old-school stuff including simple use of pilot-xfer to sync my
PalmPilot. No criticism implied; I'm just disclosing that I don't have
relevant experience with the sort of setup you're talking about.)

From: Drew Ferguson
Organization: Midnight Oil BBS
To: Irish Linux Users Group
Subject: Re: [ILUG] outgoing FAX suggestions?
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 12:45:07 +0100
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On Monday 26 May 2003 21:16, Brian Foster wrote:
> I'm using an external USR FAXmodem on a SuSE 7.3 system, which has
> (by now presumably old) versions of the presumably-relevant software,
> e.g. ???hylafax??? and sendfax(1), and others (efax(1), and so on).
> I presume I will be generating the FAX documents to transmit from
> LaTeX via dvi2fax(1). I have (slightly inconvenient) access to a
> target FAX machine I can use for testing.
> as part of my researching the subject this week, does anyone have
> any relevant suggestions / pointers / horror stories / ....?

I had a mgetty/sendfax combo running well on earlier v6 SuSE; the FAX
part was pretty trivial once mgetty was up. You can send any ps output
using pstopbm > pbmtog3 tools. Sendfax needs user intervention to send
and/or a bit of scripting to make the g3 file, hylafax I think
configures an lpr device which obviously is much neater.

Irish Linux Users' Group

Fax software:
LFax Fax Server*:
Faximum Fax Server*:
PrimaFax (was PMfax Lite*):