efax: Could possibly be functional

Ordinarily I would have probably left efax to the end of the E section, and listed as something I couldn’t try because I lacked the requisite hardware.

But I was feeling ambitious, so I gave it a chance. There’s not much to report though.

2013-10-19-lv-r1fz6-efax-01 2013-10-19-lv-r1fz6-efax-02

I don’t have a fax line to test — heck, I don’t even have a POTS cord in the house any more. I haven’t used a land line phone in a decade, and I don’t think I ever had a home fax line.

On the other hand, I know fax service is still around. Twelve years ago my office used a fax line, but it was antiquated then.

On the other hand, a few years ago in Japan our office used it on a daily basis (for reasons that I believe are mostly cultural). So it’s not like the demand is completely gone.

Oddly though, as you can see in the screenshot for the virtual console, efax seems to be spitting out an error both times.

On the other hand, the GTK interface — which is probably preferable anyway — seems comfortable with hovering in the system tray.

I can’t say for sure that this will work (this is the Arch version of efax-gtk, by the way) but there’s always the possibility.

P.S.: Check the “enhanced” version of efax too.

1 thought on “efax: Could possibly be functional

  1. thisnameisfalse


    ERROR1: efax-0.9a –help
    Error: unknown option (–help)

    Programmers of efax did not expect someone use –help with their program; –help option is not implemented but is a good way to show a help page.

    ERROR2: efax-0.9a
    Error: can’t open serial port /dev/modem: No such file or directory
    In this case, you don’t have a /dev/modem device in your system. In all systems where I worked with modems, /dev/modem was indeed a symlink to /dev/ttyS0 (RS-232 serial device).

    /dev/modem name is coded inside source code of efax; you can use another device with “-d” option

    I don’t know how could you probe efax binary without proper hardware. Maybe you could make a bidirectional fifo with ptys pairs.

    Another option is the socat program.

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