Fax::Hylafax::Client(3) Simple HylaFAX client

SYNOPSIS


use Fax::Hylafax::Client qw(sendfax);
my $fax = sendfax(
dialstring => '5555555555',
docfile => '/usr/home/test/document.ps',
);

DESCRIPTION

This is a simple Perl client for HylaFAX fax server (www.hylafax.org). It communicates with the server directly through FTP-like protocol and thus does not require any HylaFAX software components to be installed on the client machine.

MAIN METHODS AND ATTRIBUTES

sendfax
This method sends a fax job to the server. Returns ``Client::Queued'' object. Takes a hash of the following attributes:
host
Hostname of the server. Defaults to ``localhost''. [OPTIONAL]
port
Connection port of the server. Defaults to ``4559''. [OPTIONAL]
user
Username of the client. Defaults to ``anonymous''. [MAY BE REQUIRED]
password
Password of the client. Defaults to ``anonymous''. [MAY BE REQUIRED]
dialstring
Destination string (number) to dial. [REQUIRED]
docfile
Full pathname of the document file. This attribute takes a single filename (scalar) or a reference to an array of filenames. Document files must be in one of the native HylaFAX formats, i.e. Plain Text, PostScript, TIFF Class F, or PDF. [REQUIRED unless you use ``poll'' option]
coverfile
Full pathname of the cover page file. All notes about ``docfile'' apply, except it only takes one filename as scalar. [OPTIONAL]
notifyaddr
E-mail address of the person to be notified about the status of the job. Defaults to ``[email protected]''. [OPTIONAL]
notify
Controls the email notification messages from the server. Possible values: ``none'' - notify if error only, ``done'' - notify when done, ``requeue'' - notify if job is re-queued, ``done+requeue''. Defaults to ``none''. [OPTIONAL]
passive
If set to ``1'' connects to server in PASSIVE mode. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
sendtime
Time when the fax should be sent. Possible values: ``now'' or date in format ``YYYYMMDDHHMM''. It looks like this value must be in GMT time zone. Defaults to ``now''. [OPTIONAL]
lasttime
Kill the job if not successfully sent after this much time. Format ``DDHHSS''. Defaults to ``000259'' (3 hours). [OPTIONAL]
maxdials
The maximum number of times to dial the phone. Defaults to ``12''. [OPTIONAL]
maxtries
The maximum number of times to retry sending a job once connection is established. Defaults to ``3''. [OPTIONAL]
pagewidth
Set the transmitted page width in millimeters. Defaults to ``216'' (Letter size). [OPTIONAL]
pagelength
Set the transmitted page length in millimeters. Defaults to ``279'' (Letter size). [OPTIONAL]
vres
Set the vertical resolution in lines/inch to use when transmitting facsimile. High resolution equals to ``196'', low resolution equals to ``98''. Defaults to ``196''. [OPTIONAL]
chopthreshold
The amount of white space, in inches, that must be present at the bottom of a page before HylaFAX will attempt to truncate the page transmission. Defaults to ``3''. [OPTIONAL]
schedpri
The scheduling priority to assign to the job. Defaults to ``127'' (Normal). [OPTIONAL]
poll
Try to poll a fax from remote machine. Value can be an empty string or ``selector [passwd]''. [OPTIONAL]
sendpage
Sends SNPP page job to the server. Returns ``Client::Queued'' object. Takes a hash of the following attributes:
host
Same as in ``sendfax''.
port
Connection port of the server. Defaults to ``444''. [OPTIONAL]
user
Same as in ``sendfax''.
password
Same as in ``sendfax''.
pin
Pager Identification Number as defined in ``pagermap'' file on the server. [REQUIRED]
message
Text message to be sent (alfa-numeric pagers only). [OPTIONAL]
notifyaddr
Same as in ``sendfax''.
notify
Same as in ``sendfax''.
passive
Same as in ``sendfax''.
maxdials
Same as in ``sendfax''.
maxtries
Same as in ``sendfax''.
level
Priority level to assign to the job. Values can be ``0-7'' (0 being the highest). Defaults to ``1'' (Normal). [OPTIONAL]
faxinfo
Request the status of a particular job. Returns ``Client::Instant'' object. Can take only the number of the job as an attribute or a hash of the following attributes:
host
Same as in ``sendfax''.
port
Same as in ``sendfax''.
user
Same as in ``sendfax''.
password
Same as in ``sendfax''.
jobid
ID of the job. [REQUIRED]
passive
Same as in ``sendfax''.
faxrm
Remove job from the server (kill it). Returns ``Client::Instant'' object. Behaves like and has the same attributes as ``faxinfo''.
faxstat
Request statistics from the server. Returns ``Client::Instant'' object. Takes a hash of the following attributes:
host
Same as in ``sendfax''.
port
Same as in ``sendfax''.
user
Same as in ``sendfax''.
password
Same as in ``sendfax''.
passive
Same as in ``sendfax''.
info
If set to ``1'' displays additional status information for the server. This status typically has information such as the HylaFAX version, the physical location of the server machine, and an administrative contact for the server. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
files
If set to ``1'' displays the status of document files located in the docq directory on the server machine. The ``filefmt'' attribute defines the content and format of information reported with this option. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
queue
If set to ``1'' displays the status of jobs in the send queue on the server machine. The ``jobjmt'' attribute defines the content and format of information reported with this option. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
done
If set to ``1'' displays the status of all jobs that have completed; i.e. those jobs located in the doneq directory on the server machine. The ``jobfmt'' attribute defines the content and format of information reported with this option. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
received
If set to ``1'' displays the receive queue status. The ``rcvfmt'' attribute defines the content and format of information reported with this option. Defaults to ``0''. [OPTIONAL]
filefmt
The format string to use when returning file status information. See ``faxstat'' man pages for details. [OPTIONAL]
jobfmt
The format string to use when returning job status information. See ``faxstat'' man pages for details. [OPTIONAL]
rcvfmt
The format string to use when returning status information about received jobs. See ``faxstat'' man pages for details. [OPTIONAL]

METHODS AND ATTRIBUTES OF ALL Client::* OBJECTS

success
Returns true if the task was accepted. This only means the task request was successfully processed by the server. This does not always mean the task itself was successfully completed. Use ``faxinfo'' to check for that.
trace
Returns responses from the last communication with the server. Userful for debugging.

METHODS AND ATTRIBUTES OF Client::Queued OBJECTS ONLY

faxinfo
Returns the status of the job at this particular moment.
faxrm
Kills the job.
jobid
Returns the ID assigned to the job by the server.

METHODS AND ATTRIBUTES OF Client::Instant OBJECTS ONLY

content
Returns content returned by the server.

GLOBAL VARIABLES

$Fax::Hylafax::Client::Host
Specifies hostname of the server. Used in place of ``host'' attribute.
$Fax::Hylafax::Client::Port
Specifies connection port of the server. Used in place of ``port'' attribute.
$Fax::Hylafax::Client::User
Username of the client. Used in place of ``user'' attribute.
$Fax::Hylafax::Client::Password
Password of the client. Used in place of ``password'' attribute.
$Fax::Hylafax::Client::Passive
Specifies if PASSIVE connections should be used. Used in place of ``passive'' attribute.
$Fax::Hylafax::Client::NotifyAddr
E-mail address where server notifications will be sent. Used in place of ``notifyaddr'' attribute.

EXAMPLES

Send a fax

     use Fax::Hylafax::Client qw(sendfax);
     my $fax = sendfax(
          host          => 'remote.host.name',
          dialstring    => '14151234567',
          docfile       => '/usr/home/test/document.ps',
          coverfile     => '/usr/home/test/cover.ps',
          notifyaddr    => '[email protected]',
     );
     if ($fax->success)
     {
          print "We are OK";
     }
     else
     {
          print $fax->trace;
     }

Misc. examples

     use Fax::Hylafax::Client qw(sendfax sendpage faxstat faxinfo faxrm);
     $Fax::Hylafax::Client::Host       = 'remote.server.hostname';
     $Fax::Hylafax::Client::User       = 'faxuser';
     $Fax::Hylafax::Client::Password   = '*password*';
     $Fax::Hylafax::Client::NotifyAddr = '[email protected]';
     my $fax = sendfax(
          dialstring    => '14151234567',
          docfile       => [
                              '/usr/home/test/document1.ps',
                              '/usr/home/test/document2.ps',
                           ],
     );
     my $task_succeded = $fax->success ? "YES" : "NO";
     my $server_responses = $fax->trace;
     my $job_id = $fax->jobid;
     my $current_job_status = $fax->faxinfo;
     my $server_stats = faxstat( info => 1, active => 1 )->content;
     if (faxinfo($job_id)->content ne 'DONE')
     {
          print "We're not done yet";
          $fax->faxrm;
          #   or
          faxrm($job_id);
          #   or
          my $task = faxrm(
                host     => 'remote.server.hostname',
                user     => 'faxuser',
                password => '*password*',
                jobid    => $job_id,
          );
          print $task->success ? "We killed it!" : "Server didn't like it: " . $task->trace;
     }
     my $other_server_task = faxstats( host => 'other.server.host', user => 'bob', password => 'whatever' );
     if ($other_server_task->success)
     {
          print $other_server_task->content;
     }
     else
     {
          print "Doh! We failed to get stats from the server: ", $other_server_task->trace;
     }
     my $page = sendpage(
          pin      => 'bob',
          message  => 'Time to wake up',
     );
     my $task_succeded = $page->success ? "YES" : "NO";

AUTHOR

Alex Rak [email protected]

COPYRIGHT

Copyright (c) 2003,2006 Alex Rak. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.