[Samba] Fax modems and Samba

Pau Garcia i Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Sun Oct 30 09:08:32 GMT 2005

Quoting Tomasz Chmielewski <mangoo at wpkg.org>:

It is not hard to extract the telephone number from the fax. I am currently
doing at several locations and it's working like a charm.

The easy way to do it is having a field (for instance "Destination 
Fax") in the
document you are sending. When you print the document, Samba will receive a
PostScript document. You only have to grep that document for that field, then
extract the fax number (regular expressions are your friends) and tell Hylafax
to send a fax to that number.

Now, how do I do it? Well, usually every fax has a cover page. You only 
have to
tell your people to use a standard cover (it's mandatory in all of my clients)
and have a field in that cover.

Look at this script, you only need to slightly customize it:

>>> David Maier told me on 10/29/2005 02:56:
>>>> I am running an FC 2 server with Samba 3.0.10.  It is serving 
>>>> files and is PDC for several WinXp workstations.  There is now a 
>>>> demand to be able to fax from the WinXP workstations, and I'm 
>>>> trying to figure the best way to set up a modem pool on the server 
>>>> and make them available to the workstations.  Is that best handled 
>>>> as some kind of resource share through Samba?  How would that be 
>>>> configured?  I haven't found any documentation about that.
>>>> If not Samba, is there another Linux program that would make 
>>>> server modems available to WinXP workstations?
> IMHO you won't do it like that (i.e., "a printer which is really a fax").
> One thing missing is the fact that each fax need a telephone number 
> associated with it, which would be hard to extract from the document.
> Perhaps it would be possible, if the document was named with a 
> naumber (i.e., a fax number)?
> There are some solution based on hylafax and/or asterisk, where you 
> send an email with a tiff or pdf attachment, and "the fax system" 
> gets the telephone number from the subject, converts the attachment 
> to the right format, and sends it.
> Currently I'm working on one (which needs asterisk, though).
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