Creating a Hylafax Dropbox (No Email)

The default setup for Hylafax is to drop faxes into an email and send them off to the "FaxMaster". This weekend I needed to stop hylafax from doing that, and instead just drop it into a folder. Best I can tell after a few hours of searching Google and perusing code, hylafax on it’s own does not do this. There appears to be no options for it in faxrcvd.

So instead of searching any longer, I decided to write my own, very simple, yet perfectly funtional faxrcvd script. All it does is take the received TIFF image and converts it to PDF (the preference of my users), and drops it into a specified folder. Here’s the code, feel free to use it:

# Make a backup of the original fax received script (faxrcvd emails faxes).
cp -p /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd.orig

EDIT: I received a message the other day saying that my script didn’t work. It’s possible some of the code got messed up by Nuke, so I’m just suggesting downloading instead…

# Download the MuchTall faxrcvd code in replacement of the existing code
wget -O – /”content/faxrcvd > /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd

# Edit it with your favorite editor to change the path and permissions
vi /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd
    OR
nano -N /var/spool/hylafax/bin/faxrcvd

Change the path and permissions (chmod) to what you want. In my case, I needed to allow all my users R/W access to these faxes.

There you go! Assuming you already have configured hylafax, you should be all set!