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       faxrunq - send fax jobs queued by faxspool(1)




       Run  the fax queue set up by faxspool(1), try to send all faxes, record result, remove job
       and send notify mails.

       faxrunq looks for all the jobs queued by  faxspool(1)  to  /var/spool/fax/outgoing/*.  For
       each job in the queue, faxrunq tries to send it, using sendfax(8).

       If  the  send succeeds, the job is removed from the queue, and a "success" mail is sent to
       the originator of the spooled job.

       If the send fails, it's logged, and faxrunq proceeds to the next job.  If  the  job  fails
       five  times  "fatally",  that is, not with a locked or engaged line, but with "NO CARRIER"
       (no fax machine, or line noise), the job is suspended, and  the  requestor  gets  a  mail,
       telling him so.

       faxrunq  can  be  run  from  the command line (but make sure the user doing this has write
       access to the modem device and to the fax queue, that is, usually this should be  done  by
       "uucp"  or  "root").   In a production environment, it's more useful to start faxrunq from
       cron(8) in regular intervals, like "run it every  5  minutes".   See  the  cron(8)  and/or
       crontab(1) man pages for this (which man page exists depends on your system).


       -q     Tells  faxrunq  to be quiet, that is, suppress all status messages.  Error messages
              will still be printed.


              if this file exists, faxrunq (and faxrunqd) will do nothing.  You can use  this  to
              stop queue processing while testing something, or if you know that the modem(s) are
              unavailable and do not want to run into oany error messages, etc.

              Every time faxrunq (or faxrunqd) run the fax queue, a time stamp  is  written  into
              that  file.   It  is used by faxspool to display a warning if the queue hasn't been
              run recently (so faxes may get stuck).


       Some aspects of the behaviour of faxrunq  can  be  controlled  by  a  configuration  file,
       /etc/mgetty/faxrunq.config.  In this file, you can use the following options:

       success-send-mail [y/n]
              A  boolean  parameter  that  controls  whether a mail will be sent after successful
              completition of the fax job.

       failure-send-mail [y/n]
              A boolean parameter that controls whether a mail will be sent after the fax job has
              failed more than the maximum number of times.

       success-call-program <name>
              Here, you can specify a program that will be run when the fax has been successfully
              sent. It will be passed two command line parameters. The first is the full path  to
              the  fax JOB file (see faxq(5)), the second is the last exit code from sendfax (for
              success-call-program, this is always "0").

       failure-call-program <name>
              Similar to the "success-call-program", this program will be run when  the  fax  has
              been  failed  too often and faxrunq gives up. This script could, for example, print
              out the fax on a printer so that it can be sent manually on a paper fax machine.

       maxfail-costly <n>
              This specifies the number of times that a fax may fail "fatally", that is,  causing
              telephone costs (explained above). The default value is 5.

       maxfail-total <m>
              This  is  the  absolute  maximum  number of times that faxrunq will try to send any
              given fax. The default value is 10. (Right now, it's not yet implemented).

       delete-sent-jobs [y/n]
              Determines whether faxrunq should delete jobs after sending, or leave them  in  the
              fax  queue  (while moving the "JOB" file to "JOB.done") so that they can be seen at
              by "faxq -o". The default value is "do not delete sent faxes".

       acct-log <path>
              Specifies where faxrunq should protocol success and failure of each try to  send  a
              fax job.  The default location is /var/spool/fax/outgoing/acct.log.

              There are some other options that are allowed, but ignored.  These are: max-modems,
              and faxrunqd-log.

              They are used by faxrunqd(8) (which reads  the  same  config  file,  but  has  more


       faxrunq doesn't handle proper time scheduling yet

       Don't  use  faxrunq if you have malevolent users with access to the fax spool.  It doesn't
       handle all cases of file movement tricks correctly.  Use faxrunqd(8) instead,  which  does
       it  correctly   (this point is mostly moot if the fax queue is set up correctly - that is,
       owned by 'uucp', mode 755, and faxrunq(1) is also run as user 'uucp').


       faxspool(1), sendfax(8), faxq(1), faxqueue(5), faxrunqd(8)


       faxrunq is Copyright (C) 1993-2002 by Gert Doering, <>.