Faxing with Linux/Unix
Efax-gtk is a GUI front end for the
program. It can be used to send and receive faxes with a
fax modem, and to
print and manage faxes received. It also has a socket
interface to provide a "virtual printer" for sending faxes from word
processors and similar programs, and can automatically e-mail a
received fax to a designated user, and automatically print a received
More information is provided in the README file: README
To compile and run the current version of efax-gtk, c++-gtk-utils
>= 1.2.7 or >= 2.0.0-rc1, GTK+2 >= 2.12 or GTK+3 >= 2.99
and libtiff must be installed. dbus-glib (>= 0.70) is also required
if the installed glib is less than 2.26. GTK+ comes with Gnome.
c++-gtk-utils can be obtained
To use the program you must also have ghostscript (gs) installed (this is included in practically all Linux/Unix-type distributions). You do not need to separately download and install 'efax' - the standard efax-gtk packages in the 'Download' section below include the necessary efax source code.
To use the supplied 'mail_fax'
script (which will automatically mail a received fax to a specified
user), you will also need Heirloom mailx. This can be obtained here, if it
is not included in your distribution: mailx
The source code for the most recent stable version is efax-gtk-3.2.11
The last single theaded version of the program is efax-gtk-2.2.6c : this is still being maintained by way of bug fixes, so bug reports on it will be accepted.
The final version for GTK+1.2 and
gtkmm-1.2 is efax-gtk-1.0.8a
See the ChangeLog
for further information about releases.
A mailing list is
available at https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/efax-gtk-general
and a public forum is available at http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=109982
I can be contacted at cvine -at- users -dot-
sourceforge -dot- net.
GITNOTE: only the versions of efax-gtk listed above in the Download section are stable. The code in git is unstable and although it will probably compile, it is not guaranteed to work. With this understanding, the latest source code in git can be obtained from the sourceforge git repository with:
git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/efax-gtk/git
The contents of the git repository for efax-gtk can be viewed
through the web interface at viewgit
A precompiled package of version 3.2.8 for Debian GNU/Linux unstable (SID) can be obtained here: Debian unstable . A precompiled package of version 3.2.3 for Debian stable can be obtained here: Debian stable .Efax-gtk is also available pre-compiled for FreeBSD via the FreeBSD ports collection (search for "efax-gtk" on the attached link for your version of FreeBSD: FreeBSD Ports ), and for NetBSD: NetBSD Packages .
Any issues about the precompiled packages should be sent to the
relevant maintainer of the package concerned.
Chris Vine cvine -at- users -dot- sourceforge -dot- net