jobcontrol.8c man page

jobcontrols — per-job controls for HylaFAX servers


The HylaFAX configuration parameter JobControlCmd specifies the script that is used to apply per-job controls on job characteristics such as the time-of-day to place a call.

The controls program is passed the respective job ID number as the first and only argument.

The controls program should produce a simple line-based ASCII output containing a series of records of the form:

param: value

which is parsed the same manner as all HylaFAX config files. Parameter values are parsed exactly as specified in hylafax-config(5F); i.e. values with embedded whitespace may be enclosed in quote marks (“"”).

All output on a line following a “#” character is ignored.

The output order is important. The last parameter value in the output overrides any previous values in the output. Otherwise a default value is used from the faxq configuration file.

The following parameters may be output on a per-job basis; consult hylafax-config(5F) for a description of each parameter (except Modem, Priority, and RejectNotice which are described below).

MaxConcurrentCallsinteger1max concurrent jobs to process for a destination
MaxDialsintegerunlimitedmax phone calls to make to transmit a job
MaxSendPagesintegerunlimitedmax pages to permit in a send
MaxTriesinteger3max attempts to transmit a job
ModemstringAnyModemGroup to use for destination
Notifystring-notification override for job
Priorityinteger-priority to use for job
Proxystring-proxy server to which the job should be delivered
ProxyUserstring-authentication username for the proxy server
ProxyPassstring-authentication password for the proxy server
ProxyMailboxstring-E-Mail address for job notification
ProxyNotificationstringnonenotification request
ProxyJobTagstringsee belowjobtag for proxy job
ProxyLogModeoctal0600protection to use for logs retrieved from proxy server
ProxyTriesinteger-1number of tries proxy should attempt
ProxyDialsinteger-1number of dials proxy should attempt
ProxyReconnectsinteger5number of reconnections to proxy for any job submisison
RejectNoticestring-rejection notice for transmit job
RewriteFaxnamestring-replace faxname in job request with this
RewriteFaxnumberstring-replace faxnumber in job request with this
TimeOfDaystringAnydefault time-of-day restrictions
VResinteger-Vertical resolution
UseXVResinteger-Usage of extended resolutions
UseColorinteger-Usage of color

The Modem parameter controls which ModemGroup is used in sending faxes to the destination. If the user assigns a ModemGroup for a specific job where all modems are outside of this ModemGroup matching a destination, then the value of Modem is overridden by the user's assignment. Likewise, if the user assigns a ModemGroup for a specific job where some, but not all, of the modems are included in this ModemGroup matching a destination, then the value of Modem is overridden by the inclusive set of modems found in both.

The Notify parameter allows an override of whatever notification request the client requested in the job. Options are “none”, “when requeued”, “when done”, and “when done+requeued”.

The Priority parameter controls the priority to assign to the job. This overrides any priority requested by the submitter.

The Proxy parameter controls to which host the job should be delivered for transmission. This should be a hostname or IP address and may include the modem group name when formatted as the host option for sendfax(1). The proxy server should have login access permitted for the originating server without a password if ProxyUser and ProxyPass are not also provided. Caution: actions such as job removal and job modification (such as those done by faxrm(1) or faxalter(1)) will not currently propagate to the proxy and is a matter for future development. Therefore, such actions should be made on the proxy server directly.

The ProxyMailbox and ProxyNotification identify the e-mail address and the notification mechanism for the proxied job. (This does not change the e-mail address or the notification mechanism for the originating job.)

The ProxyJobTag sets the jobtag for the job on the proxy server. By default this is the jobid for the originating job.

The ProxyLogMode parameter specifies the file mode protection that should be used for the logs that are able to be retrieved from the proxy server. (In order to retrieve logs the proxy server must permit it.)

The ProxyTries and ProxyDials parameters specify the number of respective attempts that the proxy server should make. The default is -1, and any value less than 1 indicates that the proxy server should be delegated all remaining attempts.

The ProxyReconnects parameter specifies the number of reconnections that should be made to the proxy server in the event that the network connection is lost. Attempts are made no sooner than 60 seconds apart, so to tolerate a network outage of 30 minutes ProxyReconnects should be set to “30” or higher.

The RejectNotice parameter controls whether or not to reject jobs to the destination. Jobs that are rejected are done so without placing a phone call and the associated message is returned to the job submitter. This facility can be used to disallow calling sensitive phone numbers; for example

RejectNotice: "Calls to emergency numbers are not permitted"

The RewriteFaxname and RewriteFaxnumber parameters allow the “faxname” and “faxnumber” parameters in the job request file to be replaced and rewritten with the given values.

The VRes parameter controls the vertical resolution. Possible values are 98 (normal resolution, equivalent to sendfax -l option) and 196 (fine resolution, equivalent to sendfax -m option).

The UseColor parameter is used to enable or disable the usage of color as supported by the receiver. Possible values are 1 (enable color usage, equivalent to sendfax -O usecolor:yes option) and 0 (disable color usage). This parameter may be used in conjunction with DesiredDF: 6 in order to abort fax transmission if the receiver does not support color facsimile.

The UseXVRes parameter is used to enable or disable the usage of extended resolutions supported by the receiver. Possible values are 1 (enable extended resolutions usage, equivalent to sendfax -G option) and 0 (disable extended resolutions usage). This parameter supersedes the usage of VRes.

In addition to the above parameters, any other parameters that are specified are automatically accumulated and passed to programs invoked by faxq, such as faxsend and pagesend. (Note that in a batched-jobs instance that these parameters will apply to all jobs in the batch.) This is a convenient mechanism for defining configuration parameters for all modems without having to modify each modem-specific configuration file. For example,

SessionTracing: 0x4f

This mechanism also makes it easy to control transmit-related parameters according to the destination phone number. For example, to disable use of ECM and restrict the transmit speed when placing international phone calls one might use:

DesiredBR: 3
DesiredEC: 0
DesiredDF: 1


Change (overlap) MaxDials parameter to 3 for all outgoing calls.

1. Create file bin/jobcontrol with the following content:

echo "MaxDials: 
exit 0

2. Ensure that bin/jobcontrol is marked as executable:

chmod +x bin/jobcontrol

3. Add parameter JobControlCmd to hylafax-config(5F); (etc/config) file:

JobControlCmd: bin/jobcontrol

The controls program will likely need to refer to the sendq file corresponding to the job in order to obtain information such as the number being dialed, the job owner, or the number of send attempts. For this purpose the parseQfile function has been placed in bin/common-functions to assist in this. For example:

. etc/setup.cache
. bin/common-functions
case "$number-$owner-$tottries" in
    5551212-lee-3) echo "Class1ECMSupport: no";;
    *-sam-*) echo "LocalIdentifier: +1.800.555.1212";;
    911-*) echo "RejectNotice: \"Calls to 911 are not permitted\"";;
exit 0


JobControlCmd is run each time the job moves into the run-queue ("READY" state), and all output is effective on each instance. If the administrator wishes to vary output based on the attempt sequence, then the q-file values should be consulted in the process. Furthermore, blind usage of options such as Priority could be confusing as it would essentially prevent a job from increasing or decreasing in job priority as usually expected after call attempts.

See Also

faxq(8C), hylafax-config(5F), re_format(7).


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