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Besides, it is IMHO much more painless to install and
configure than hylafax, for
example. Not to mention the small
size... However, if you experience problems,
there is a (sometimes heavy-traffic) mailing list,
bidirectionally gated to
de.alt.comm.mgetty, where you can
ask for solutions. Also visit the
Mailing-List archive for the whole story...
I am using mgetty for quite some time and it
is working really well. It works with various modems
and has excellent support from its creator, Gert
I patched pbmtext from the
netpbm-19940301 package (and some programs
from the mgetty-distribution to embed the new
pbmtext switch), so that faxspool is
able to generate 8-bit headers in fax tag-lines. I
used a 24-point courier font. German
umlauts and most other special chars are
NOTE: I made an image which is used by
pbmtext for fine resolution (204x196 dpi)
faxes *ONLY*. It was a pain, since
ghostscript was not usable (for some reason I
forgot). So I used xpaint... Don't ask...
In short: if you want an 8-bit normal-resolution
(204x98 dpi) font, you have to do it yourself
8-). Nevertheless, the patched pbmtext does
still support the old font images.
package seems to be outdated. Ask FTP Search for
libgr-2.0.13*.tar.gz or better. The patches
should work with both packages.
For some reason, the patch never made it's way in the
mgetty distribution, but I used it for more than a year
without a problem.
I've put together a tar
ball containing the necessary files but WITHOUT
DOCUMENTATION! You should really know what you are
doing. Alternatively, you can mail me
A common problem seems to be, that
pbmtext is linked to an already
installed libpbm library and not to the
newly patched. Make sure this does not happen
and you won't get any problems (hopefully).
Linking pbmtext statically against
libpbm is also a good idea. So, you
won't get any problems, when installing a new
version of netpbm/libgr.
I also patched g3cat to let it
insert tag-lines into fax pages. Usually, a
page is appended to a tag-line, which in effect makes
the whole thing larger than DIN A4 (or whatever
pagesize one uses). If you try to print this page, it
will get truncated at the bottom. With the patch, you
can toggle this behaviour to insert the tag-line into
the page without changing the original size.