faxrunq(1)                   mgetty+sendfax manual                  faxrunq(1)


       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  "suc-
       cess" 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 "@FAX_OUT_USER" 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  mes-
              sages.  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  some-
              thing,  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


       Some aspects of the behaviour of faxrunq can be controlled by a config-
       uration file, /etc/mgetty+sendfax/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

       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

              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 options).


       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 ’fax’,
       mode 755, and faxrunq(1) is also run as user ’fax’).


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


       faxrunq  is  Copyright  (C)  1993-2002  by  Gert  Doering,  <gert@gree-

greenie                            23 Nov 02                        faxrunq(1)

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