Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 134902
new_fax script not called when notify (email address) is configured
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:51 EST
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Description of problem:
/etc/mgetty+sendfax/new_fax is not called after a fax is recieved
a) No notification email address is configured ('notify' on a single
line with no parameters in /etc/mgetty+sendfax/mgetty.config)
- or -
b) The notification email fails (eg rejected immediately by the local
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Actual Results: new_fax was only called after the notification email
failed, or after disabling email notifications in mgetty.config
Expected Results: new_fax should be called (if present)
independantly of the notification email setting or it's failure.
The system's default MTA is postfix not sendmail.
mgetty is run from /etc/inittab with the following line
f0:2345:respawn:/sbin/mgetty -n 1 -F /dev/ttyS0
but running it manually from a shell with the same arguments doesn't
make any difference.
Please try the latest version of mgetty (1.1.31-2), which is in the
process of being pushed to FC2 updates, but which meanwhile
can be downloaded from:
If the problem persists, please append details to this bug report -
Created attachment 105104 [details]
mgetty log with debug set to 5 in mgetty.config
I upgraded the mgetty & mgetty-sendfax packages (the only mgetty packages
installed on the system) to 1.1.31-2 from the supplied URL and added an email
address to the notify line in /etc/mgetty/mgetty.config
When a fax was recieved an email notification was sent but the new_fax script
was not called.
/etc/mgetty/new_fax is a symlink to a shell script in /usr/local/sbin if that
makes a difference.
I have attached the relevent bits of /var/log/mgetty.log.ttyS0 (with debug set
to 5 in mgetty.config)
OK, I'll fix this in the next release - many thanks for your feedback.
On closer inspection it appears that the default action upon receiving
a fax is to run the /etc/mgetty+sendfax/new_fax script .
You change this default action by specifying the 'notify' option
in the config file; new_fax is then not called unless this notify
option command fails. I believe this is correct and intended operation.
You can easily specify a new_fax script that sends mails as well. See