free fax software for SGI machines

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Sam Leffler

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Jun 13, 1991, 9:19:36 PM6/13/91
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I'm giving away software that allows you to send and receive facsimile from
an SGI machine. To make use of this software you need a fax modem and a 4D
machine running IRIX 3.3.x. If you don't have an SGI machine, you might still
be able to make some use of the source code.

The software is available for public ftp on sgi.com in the directory sgi/fax.
The file sgi/fax/README is enclosed below.

Sam

FlexFAX, Version 0.9

About the System
----------------
This is a reasonably full-function facsimile service for SGI IRIS-4D
systems running IRIX 3.3.x. One facsimile server process exists for
each external fax modem hooked to a serial port. Client software
spools outgoing facsimile which are handled by the server processes.
Received facsimile are stored in a receive queue area and may
be automatically delivered by mail and/or printed. Servers
are heavily parameterized through per-server configuration
files and through auxiliary shell scripts that perform
system-related operations (e.g. processing received facsimile,
converting PostScript to bitmap images for transmission).

The server requires a PostScript to bitmap facsimile conversion
utility for useful operation (otherwise, only bitmaps may be
transmitted.) A Display PostScript-based imager will be provided
for IRIX 4.0-based systems. For other systems, a Ghoscript-based
version should be used (requires some work).

An administration tool that ``hooks into'' the system administration
facilities is provided. While not complete, it provides easy
access to the most important administrative operations.

Note that you need a fax modem to use this software. Two
types of modems are known to work:

Abaton InterFax 24/96
Class 2 modems, such as the Everex 24/96D

The first modem is common on Macintosh systems, while the
second modem is actually a class of modems that conform to
the "Class 2" host-modem interface standard. The software
is known to work with the Everex modem, w/ firmware dated
October 5, 1990 or later.

Packages
--------
There are three compressed tar files here:

flexfax.server.tar.Z IRIX 3.3 binary distribution for a server machine
flexfax.client.tar.Z IRIX 3.3 binary distribution for a client machine
flexfax.src.tar.Z source code (w/o ps2fax stuff and needed libs)

The client distribution is a subset of the server distribution
and is provided merely as a convenience. To install the client (server)
do
mkdir fax
cd fax; zcat <somewhere>/flexfax.{client or server}.tar.Z | tar xovf -
make -f Makefile.{client or server}
cd ..; rm -rf fax

You may need to modify Makefile.server to deal w/ your not having
the ps2fax program.

Use and Propriety
-----------------
Silicon Graphics has seen fit to allow me to give this work
away. It is free. There is no support or guarantee of any
sort as to its operations, correctness, or whatever. If you
do anything useful with all or parts of it, I'd like to know
about it and, hopefully, be acknowledged.

Officially...

This software is provided without support and without any obligation on
the part of Silicon Graphics, Inc. to assist in its use, correction,
modification or enhancement. There is no guarantee that this software
will be included in future software releases.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND
INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF DESIGN, MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE OR TRADE
PRACTICE.

In no event will Silicon Graphics, Inc. be liable for any lost revenue or
profits or other special, indirect and consequential damages, even if
Silicon Graphics, Inc. has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Sam Leffler (s...@sgi.com)

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