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       faxspool - queue and convert files for faxing with sendfax(8)


       faxspool [options] phone-number files...


       Queue  the  named  files  for  later  transmission  with  sendfax(8).  The input files are
       converted to G3 fax files, spooled to /var/spool/fax/outgoing/<dir>/f*.g3, and queued  for
       transmsssion to the fax address "phone-number".

       On  top  of  each  page, faxspool puts a header line, telling the other side the number of
       pages, your fax id, ..., whatever you like. The format of this line  is  configurable  via
       the  file  /etc/mgetty/faxheader  and  per-user  via  the file $HOME/.faxheader.  (you can
       select another one with the "-h" option, for example, one for your business faxes and  one
       for the private stuff).

       This  file  should  contain a few lines of text, normally only one line, but more than one
       line is permitted. The text may use the tokens @T@ for the remote  telephone  number,  @U@
       for the sending user name, @N@ for his full name (fifth field of /etc/passwd, if not given
       with "-F"), @P@ for the page number and @M@ for the total number of  pages.  @D@  will  be
       replaced  by  the  string  specified  with  the  "-D"  option  (see below), @DATE@ will be
       substituted by the output of the `date` command, and @ID@  stands  for  the  sender's  fax
       number (FAX_STATION_ID).  Finally, @S@ will be substituted by the JOB ID (Fxxxxxx).

       If  "phone-number" contains non-numeric characters, faxspool interprets it as an alias and
       tries to look it up in the files /etc/mgetty/faxaliases and  $HOME/.faxnrs.   These  files
       have  a  very  simple  format:  one  line  per alias, alias name first, whitespace (tab or
       blank), phone number. Optionally, you can place a short description of the receiver  after
       the  phone  number,  this  will be used as if it had been specified with "-D" (an explicit
       "-D" flag overrides this).

       Example: gert 0893244814 Gert Doering

       Access  control  is  handled  similar  to  the  way  "crontab"  does   it:   if   a   file
       /etc/mgetty/fax.allow exists, only those users listed in that file (one name per line) may
       use the fax service. If it does not exist, but a  file  /etc/mgetty/fax.deny  exists,  all
       users  but those listed in that file may use faxspool(1), and if neither file exists, only
       root may send faxes. (Note: if the user name in the fax.allow file is followed by a blank,
       the  rest  of  that  line  is ignored. Some other fax spooling software uses this to store
       additional information about the user sending the request).

       Optionally, faxspool can generate user-customizable fax cover pages. It is quite  easy  to
       set  up:  if  a file /etc/mgetty/make.coverpg exists and is executable, it is run with all
       relevant source/destination data on the command line, and its output is sent as the  first
       page  of  the resulting fax. If $HOME/.make.coverpg exists, this file is used instead. See
       coverpg(1) for details.


       -n     Tells  faxspool  to  use  normal  resolution  (as  opposed  to  the  default,  fine
              resolution)  both  when  converting  files  to  G3 format and when transmitting (no
              effect on pbm files)

       -h <text file>
              Use <text file> for the FAX header line(s).  The default format file  for  faxspool
              is /etc/mgetty/faxheader. '-' means 'no header line'.

       -q     do  not  output progress messages (file ... is format ..., spooling to ...).  Error
              messages will be seen anyway.

       -f <mail address>
              Use the address given for the status mail that faxrunq(1) sends after completing  /
              dequeueing  the  request.  If no mail address is specified, the requesting user (on
              the local machine) gets the mail.

       -u <user name>
              Do not use the current user ID  for  authentication  purposes  but  the  user  name
              specified. Since this can lead to easy breach of security, only "trusted" users may
              use this flag. Currently, those users are "root", "lp" and "daemon" (hardwired into
              the  code).  Note:  the  status  mail will still go to the user running faxspool(1)
              unless changed with "-f".

       -D <destination>
              Verbose form of the fax's destination. Used only for informational  purposes,  that
              is,  faxq(1)  will  show it, faxrunq(1) will put it into the return mail ("Subject:
              your fax to ..."), and a @D@ in the page header will be replaced by it.

       -F <description>
              Full name or similar description of the sending user (if not  specified,  the  full
              name  field  from  /etc/passwd will be used). Used only for informational purposes,
              that is, faxspool(1) will substitute a @N@ in the page header file with it, and  it
              will be passed to the cover page program (if used) as <sender-NAME>.

       -P <priority>
              Sets  the  priority  of the fax in the queue. 9 is highest (meaning: faxes get sent
              out first), 1 is lowest. If nothing is specified, a default value  of  5  is  used.
              Right now, only faxrunqd understands priority, faxrunq will silently ignore it.

       -C <cover page program>
              Specify  that  the named program is to be used to generate a cover page for the fax
              that is being queued. How the program is called  is  described  in  the  coverpg(1)

              The special program name "-" is used to specify "no coverpage at all".

              No  message  is  issued if the program isn't found, or cannot be executed, faxspool
              will simply queue the fax without cover page.

              The default cover page program used is $HOME/.make.coverpg; if  this  file  doesn't
              exist  /etc/mgetty/make.coverpg  is  used. (However, if $HOME/.make.coverpg exists,
              but is not executable, no coverpage is used at all.)

       -p     Spool a request that will try polling (see "sendfax -p"). The implementation  isn't
              too smart yet, the polled files will simply go into the job's spool directory.

       -t <hh:mm>
              Don't  send  the  fax before the time given. It may not be sent exactly at <hh:mm>,
              but the first time faxrunq runs  after  that  time.  If  the  fax  cannot  be  sent
              successfully before midnight, it won't be sent on the next day until <hh:mm>!

       -t <hh:mm>-<hh:mm>
              Only  send  the  fax  in  the  time  range  between  those two times.  This is only
              implemented in faxrunqd.  If the second time specified is 'earlier' than the  first
              time, it is interpreted as a time range crossing midnight.

       -A <data>
              pass  faxspool  a  chunk  of data that is ignored (so you can put anything you want
              here), but written to all the log files (acct.log, sendfax.log).  This can be  used
              to  tag  faxes  as  private/corporate, to tag faxes with the customer ID to use for
              billing, or something along that lines.

       -m <phone1> <phone2> <phone3> ... --
              Multicasting - send the specified files to all phone  numbers  in  the  list  given
              after "-m". The list is terminated with "--". "-m" has to be the last option on the
              command line (not implemented yet).

       -M <file name>
              Multicasting - read a list of telephone numbers to send the fax to from  the  given
              file. Do not use in conjunction with "-m" (not implemented yet).

       -c     Copy  source  files  to a sub directory ".source-files/" in the fax queue directory
              (most likely, you won't ever need this - I needed it for one project, so it's  here
              and documented. Don't ask what it's good for).


              fax spool directory

              global fax alias file

              private fax alias file

              list of allowed users

              list of denied users

              default fax page header

              program to create fax cover page (see coverpg(1)).

              program  to  control which file extentions are recognized (.txt, .ps, ...)  and how
              those file formats should be converted to G3.

              this a small C helper program that facilitates access to the fax spool queue (which
              is since mgetty 1.1.29 no longer world-writeable)


       faxspool is not too smart about recognizing file types

       Use of faxspool -n with bitmap files may give wrong results, depending on the aspect ratio
       of the input files.

       Multicasting with the -m and -M options is not implemented yet.


       g3cat(1), pbm2g3(1), sendfax(8), faxrunq(1), faxrunqd(8), faxq(1), faxqueue(5), coverpg(1)


       faxspool is Copyright  (C)  1993-2002  by  Gert  Doering,  <>.   Access
       control and alias handling suggested by Caz Yokoyama, <>.