ActiveFax for Linux

September 18, 2008

Q:
I’d like to use Activefax on Linux, do you have a Linux version?

A:
ActiveFax always needs a Windows server but clients can be Linux driven. There is no special Linux version available.


Cornelia Wegmueller, Customer & Partner Support
ActiveFax Communication Group
a division of
INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD :: Blegistr.25 :: CH-6340 Baar/Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 5866974 :: Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com

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ActiveFax – UNIX / Linux

December 1, 2007

Q:
I am carrying out evaluation tests with your product for use in a UNIX / Linux environment.

Is there an @F code that would allow the print to change from landscape to portrait in the same manner that happens with an embeded command in a HP Laser Jet print.

Many thanks, Great Product

A:
The page orientation cannot be changed with data fields (@F codes), so you always need to use PCL printer commands to change the page orientation to landscape or portrait. To change the page orientation to landscape format, you just need to add <Esc>&l1O to the print job. You can also find an example for changing the page orientation in a sample file at \ProgramFiles\ActiveFax\Server\Sample.txt.


Cornelia Wegmueller, ACTIVEFAX Customer Support
INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD :: Blegistr.25 :: CH-6340 Baar/Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 5866974
Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com
http://www.activefax-distribution.com


ActiveFax – Linux

December 1, 2007

Q:
I am trying to send faxes from a linux machine with suse 10.1 to activefax installed on a windows 2003 server. I have tried a samba directory and the LPD printing system. problem: the preview fax shows one hundred pages (even more) of text and rubish instead of the single page sent. do you know how to solve this? thank you very much.

A:
What kind of file do you send to the fax server in that case? You need to take care to send either PCL (Laserjet), Epson, plain text, Tiff (G3 or G4 format), Postscript or PDF files. When sending PDF or Postscript files it is also required to install Ghostscript on the fax server PC. Other file formats are not supported by the fax server and are treated as PCL data files, so you get that many pages with useless text in that case.


Cornelia Wegmueller, ACTIVEFAX Customer Support
INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD :: Blegistr.25 :: CH-6340 Baar/Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 5866974
Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com
http://www.activefax-distribution.com


ActiveFax and SUSE

December 1, 2007

Q:
What I am sending to the acive fax printer is just any file through the printing system. I ahave installed avtivefax on an opensuse 10.2 machine as a remote LPD printer on a win2003 machine. I have tried a PostScrip printer, an Epson LQ, an HP Laserjet, and a directory in the win machine where I deposit files with the dat extension. when I check the activefax client jobs I see the the page I have printed becomes 103 pages of text!!!! I this happens no matter theprinter I choose. either a print from the browser, openoffice, no matter what… this is the header of a print order from firefox:
qoute
%PS Aobe 3.0
%Creator : xpdf/pdf t ops 3.0
%LanguageLevel 2
%DocumentSuplied resources (at end)

A:
You need to take care to install Ghostscript on the fax server PC in that case:

To directly process Postscript and PDF files with ActFax for outgoing faxes (i.e. through automatic import from the file system or as a print job through LPD/LPR), the add-on software Ghostscript needs to be installed on the fax server. Ghostscript can be downloaded at the following link (file gs###w32.exe, ### = version number) from the Internet:

http://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/AFPL/current/

Please note that the fax server needs to be once stopped and restarted after Ghostscript has been installed.

If you can’t make it work that way, can you please send me such a file, so I can have a closer look on it.


Cornelia Wegmueller, ACTIVEFAX Customer Support
INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD :: Blegistr.25 :: CH-6340 Baar/Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 5866974
Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com
http://www.activefax-distribution.com


How to send faxes from Unix and Linux

December 1, 2007

Sending faxes and emails from Unix or Linux systems requires a prior installation of the fax server on a Windows based system connected to a TCP/IP network. The fax server can be accessed like a normal network printer through the LPD/LPR protocol from Unix/Linux in that case. As an alternative it would also be possible to send fax jobs through a Samba or NFS printer as well as sending fax files through a shared directory or with FTP or TFTP.

Depending on your Unix system, follow these steps to install a LPD/LPR network printer to send fax jobs to the fax server:

IBM RS/6000 (AIX)
Login as user root.
Start the system administrator program smit.
Choose the menu Devices, Printer/Plotter, Manage Remote Printer, Client Services, Remote Printer Queues and Add a Remote Queue.
Fill out the dialog box. In the field Destination Host enter the host name of the computer where the fax server has been installed. In the field Queue Name you can enter any printer name (i.e. “fax”).
HP-9000 (HP/UX)
Login as user root.
Start the system administrator program sam.
Choose the menu Printers and Plotters, Actions and Add Remote Printer.
Fill out the dialog box. In the field Remote Printer Name enter the host name of the computer where the fax server has been installed. In the field Queue Name you can enter any printer name (i.e. “fax”). Also enable the option Remote Printer is on a BSD System there.
Other Unix systems (SCO Unix) and Linux
To configure a network printer on such systems, have a look at the documentation of your Unix system. Usually a LPD/LPR printer can be created with an entry in the /etc/printcap file in that case. Entries in /etc/printcap are built in the following format:

printername:\ fax:\
:rm=hostname:\ :rm=192.168.0.1:\
:rp=queuename: :rp=fax:

On some Unix systems (i.e. SCO-Unix) it could also be required that the LPD/LPR protocol needs to be activated before network printers can be used. In the case of SCO-Unix, this can be done with the Unix command “mkdev rlp”.

After the network printer has been configured on your Unix system, print jobs can be sent to the fax server with the Unix command “lp”. For example, to create a print job with “lp”, one of the following Unix commands can be used:

lp -dprintername filename
cat filename | lp -dprintername

With the Unix command “lpstat -t” or “lpstat -oprintername” the current status of the network printer can be displayed.

ActFax automatically processes the printer commands of HP-LaserJet (PCL), Epson-LQ and optionally Postscript and PDF (requires the add-on software Ghostscript to be installed on the fax server). The formatting of the print jobs sent to the fax server is preserved that way.

More information about the automatic definition of the recipient of a fax in a print job can be found in the online help of the fax server as well as in the user’s manual, available for download in the download area.


Cornelia Wegmueller, ACTIVEFAX Customer Support
INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD :: Blegistr.25 :: CH-6340 Baar/Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 5866974
Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com
http://www.activefax-distribution.com