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Old 06-05-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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How can I make a fax/virtual/pseudo printer?

I send about five faxes a day. This is a big obstacle to my migrating.
Please do not RTFM me. I have just spent (wasted? no! It's learning!) my holiday weekend on this.
I have a modem (external, Rockwell), and hylafax seemed to get along with it okay when I ran faxsetup.
I have Hylafax, so that means I have a backend for faxing (right?).
But I do not ever have a fax-related option among my printers.
I do have the pdf and the postscript option.
Also Suse (9.1), YaSt (printer configuring modules) and kde etc have (almost entirely) automatically made friends with my old laserjet and my HP-ink-squirter.
But when I go to install a new printer with kde print manager the "serial fax/modem printer" option is greyed out.
Documentation says that would be because I either have no modem or no backend: but see above: 1 modem present, 1 hylafax present that seems to like the modem okay.
If I try to send a fax, the error logged by kdeprintfax is "can't write to queue dir".
Not surprising, since the only existing queues are for the printers already mentioned.
Can't find clear instructions about how to make this fax queue.
Would it be a "pipe"?
If so, can somebody help me to create it?

I think that the printer-configuring tools did display that virtual-printer/fax-queue a couple of weeks ago.
However, I had to manually remove a bad usb soft modem: maybe I broke cups?
I thought of un-installing cups and re-installing it: but yast told me that removing cups would affect about 150 other packages -- so I was too scared.
(By now you can tell how newby I am -- relying on all the GUI-based methods to get this sorted out.)

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What is surprising to me is that:
I was happy to see that suse/kde was going to make it very easy to migrate business-related work to linux. But then why is it next to impossible to send a fax using linux?
I actually installed Linux to have a stable foundation for working with sound and video.
But if I can't do my every-day work, like sending faxes, where will I be? Stuck in dual-boot hell?


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