Unix

August 26, 2009

Q:
I’m sending a fax from a Unix application using data fields, but it appears with a font size bigger than what I need. Is there any data field or any other clue to specify the font size of a fax you are sending, without
affecting all other fax sent from the application?

A:
You can set the font size with normal PCL (Laserjet) printer commands. You can find an example for that in the file Program Files\ActiveFax\Server\Sample.txt. As an alternative it would also be possible to change the default font size on the fax server with the menu Extras / Printer Emulation / HP Laserjet.


Cornelia Wegmueller, Customer & Partner Support
ActiveFax Communication Group
a division of INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES

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INTERTRADE ENTERPRISES LTD
Blegistr.25 CH-6340 Baar
Phone: +41 44 5866974 :: Fax: +41 44 2742350
mailto:support@activefax-distribution.com

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Phone: +1 (561) 459-3606

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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


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


ActiveFax Installation Basics

December 1, 2007

ActiveFax primarily consists of two components, the fax server and the fax client. The fax server is installed only on a single computer in the network and stores and administrates all data and is responsible for the transmission and receipt of fax messages. The fax client is installed on all computers in the network that should be able to create new faxes and to have access to existing faxes. One part of the fax client is the ActiveFax printer, which is used to send faxes from Windows applications. For the installation of the fax server and the fax client, the same setup program is used.

The installation of ActiveFax can be done on the operating systems Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista. Even if you plan to send faxes from a UNIX or Linux system, the fax server itself always needs to be installed on a Windows based system and not under UNIX or Linux.

To start the installation of ActiveFax, run the setup program from the download area. To install the trial version of ActiveFax, enter the license key 00000-00000 in the setup.

The setup program automatically detects and configures all connected modems during the installation. The fax server is therefore available for operation right after the installation finished.


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