I used to fax a lot with Apple’s OSes, so this was an important feature to duplicate if I were to use Gnu-Linux. I’m happy to say that I have been successful. I knew that this should be possible because my modem is a hardware modem, as opposed to a ‘winmodem’ (or is the correct term ‘macmodem’?). How did I know it was a hard modem? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I recalled related old models have hard modems, and my iMac DV is old.
On Hoary, this is what I did to install the app:
|sudo apt-get install efax-gtk|
I came across three problems. These were fairly easy to diagnose.
First off, you should identify the modem:
|dmesg | grep modem|
That gave me:
Thus, ‘ttyS0’ is my modem.
As I couldn’t find efax-gtk in the xfce4 gui sub-contextuals, I passed “efax-gtk” in term:
I found three caveats, and the following addresses them.
Modem was not selected.
and go into
Mode -> Serial Device -> and change ttyS1
to match “dmesg | grep modem” output (‘ttyS0’ in my case).
Phone number syntax problem.
Make sure you do NOT put dashes (only spaces) in your ‘return’ fax number, and use an area code. ie.,
XXX XXX XXXX
Faxed sheet gets cut off on the sides.
Set the paper size to “A4” rather than the presumably correct “letter size” (under ‘file -> settings –> page’); We don’t use anything other than “letter size” around here, but “A4” oddly fixes the paper size issue. (“A4” should give a longer but thiner page than the letter size (8.5 x 11) [Note: “A4” is 8.27 x 11.69.])
Running the program
When running the app, it has a console that gives you a play by play of the fax. Red lettering is ‘bad’ and this will give you a clue to any problems. It’ll also tell you if the fax delivery was successful.
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