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HylaFAX notification program for received facsimile


/var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd qfile devid commid error-msg [ callid-1 [ callid-2 [ ... [ callid-n ] ] ] ]


bin/faxrcvd is the program invoked by the facsimile server whenever a facsimile is received.  It is designed to be customizable by the administrator.  (Ideally this is done by creating a customized faxrcvd program in a different filename or by copying the default program to a different filename, customizing that new file, and then using FaxRcvdCmd in the modem config file to point faxgetty(8C) at the customized program.  See hylafax-config(5F).)

The default program sends electronic mail to the FaxMaster user describing the content of the facsimile and other useful information such as the time spent receiving the document. The arguments are:


the pathname of the received TIFF file relative to the root of the spooling hierarchy.


the modem device on which the facsimile was received.


the communication identifier for the inbound call.


an error message that is non-null if an error was encountered during the receive operation.


the value of various identification indicators from the call


This program can route facsimile directly to the intended recipient. To do this create a shell script etc/FaxDispatch in the spooling area that sets SENDTO to the receiver's electronic mail address.  For example,

case "$SENDER" in
*1*510*526*1212*) SENDTO=sam;;          # Sam's test rig in Berkeley
*1*415*390*1212*) SENDTO=raster@asd;;   # 7L Xerox room, used for scanning
*5107811212)      SENDTO=peebles@mti;;  # stuff from home
case "$DEVICE" in
ttyS1)            SENDTO=john;;         # all faxes received on ttyS1
ttyLT0)           SENDTO=mary@home;;    # all faxes received on ttyLT0
case "$CIDNUMBER" in
435*)        SENDTO=lee; FILETYPE=pdf;; # all faxes from area code 435
5059627777)  SENDTO=amy; FILETYPE=tif;; # Amy wants faxes in TIFF
case "$CALLID4" in
7890)        SENDTO=user1@domain;;      # DID 7890 received at $CALLID4
7891)        SENDTO=user2@domain;;      # DID 7891 received at $CALLID4
7892)        SENDTO=user3@domain;;      # DID 7892 received at $CALLID4
case "$SUBADDR" in
53)          SENDTO=FaxMaster;;         # without double-notification
roger)       SENDTO=roger;;             # possible text subaddressing

Note that you must match any embedded white space. The facsimile will be sent as a MIME-encoded PostScript document as default.


controls the blind copy recipient of the received fax notification.  It is given as an e-mail address.


is equivalent to the nth call identification parameter


controls the copy recipient of the received fax notification.  It is given as an e-mail address.


is equivalent to CALLID2 above.


is equivalent to CALLID1 above.


is equivalent to device above.


controls the filetype of the image attachment.  Current filetype options are “ps”, “tif”, “pdf”, and “none”. Multiple values may be specified by separating them with whitespace. In that case a separate attachment is created for each filetype.


controls the sender of the received fax notification.  It is given as an e-mail address.


controls the localization of the text of the received fax notification.


is equivalent to error-msg above.


(an underscore “_” character is between NOTIFY and FAXMASTER) indicates whether or not the HylaFAX administrator should be notified regarding incoming facsimile.  Default is “always”.  Also available are “never”, which means to never send any received facsimile notification, and “errors”, which means to send notification only if there were reception errors.


Indicates whether TIFF files saved to disk by HylaFAX should be converted in place to another compression data format. At this time the only available option is “JBIG:MMR” which causes TIFF files using JBIG compression to be converted to 2D-MMR (G4) compression. Since the majority of TIFF file viewers lack JBIG support, this setting may be useful if JBIG-compressed fax receiving is enabled (see “Class1JBIGSupport” config option) and the received fax files are to be directly accessed by users, either through HylaFAX clients such as WHFC or via a shared directory. Note that if the received faxes are viewed/accessed only as email attachments then there's no need to use this setting: TIFF email attachments are automatically sent as 2D-MMR (G4) when the on disk compression data format is JBIG.


is the received TSI of the fax sender.


controls the recipient of the received fax notification.  It is given as an e-mail address.  To indicate multiple recipients SENDTO should be given a list of addresses separated by whitespace.


the received subaddress value, communicated by the sender for  post-reception routing purposes

Other shell variables are available.  Consult the faxrcvd script directly.


/var/spool/hylafaxspooling area
/usr/sbin/faxinfofor printing information about the facsimile
/usr/bin/fax2psfor converting TIFF to PostScript
/usr/sbin/sendmailfor delivering mail

See Also

faxd(8C), hylafax-server(5F), recvq(5F)


May 28, 2001