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NOTIFY(8) System Manager's Manual NOTIFY(8)


notify - HylaFAX user notification script


/var/spool/hylafax/bin/notify qfile why jobtime [ nextTry ]


bin/notify is the command script invoked by the facsimile server to notify a user about the status of an outbound job. The default notification script sends the user electronic mail describing the event or action. The arguments are:

the pathname of the job description file.
a string that specifies why the user is being notified; one of:

Why	Notes	Meaning
done	¹	job was completed successfully
failed	¹²	job was not completed
rejected	¹	job was rejected for specified reasons
requeued	²	job was not completed, but was requeued for retry
removed	¹	job was deleted from the queue
killed	¹	job was deleted from the queue
timedout	¹	job could not be sent before kill time expired
format_failed	¹	document conversion failed
no_formatter	¹	the document conversion program was not found
poll_rejected	¹²	a polling request was rejected by the remote side
poll_no_document	¹²	a polling request failed because nothing was available
poll_failed	¹²	a polling request failed for an unknown reason
blocked	³	job is blocked by concurrent jobs


¹ A final job state
² A transcript of the failed communication is returned to the sender.
³ No emails are sent for the block state, the job has been neither requeued nor done, but remains waiting in the queue for the ability to be sent.
the total transmission time of a successful job or the connect time of a failed request (passed as a string).
the time (passed as a string) at which the next attempt will be made to complete the job. This parameter is passed only if why is ``requeued''.


The behavior of notify is intended to be customizable via the etc/FaxNotify script, if present. FaxNotify is sourced after the q-file is parsed and all default values are preset. Useful settings for FaxNotify are:

is identical to why mentioned above and can be useful in determining under what conditions various settings should take effect. For example,

if [ "$WHY" != "done" ]; then


This would only set RETURNFILETYPE when the job did not complete successfully.

can be set to ``tif'', ``pdf'', ``ps'', or ``original''. If set, this causes notify to return a copy of the submitted documents to the SENDER address along with the notification message. The ``original'' setting uses the format type that was used in the submission. Multiple values may be specified by separating them with whitespace. In that case a separate attachment is created for each filetype.
the template subdirectory to use when sending e-mails. HylaFAX ships with a base set of templates, and some direct translations. To use the German translated templates, set TEMPLATE=de in FaxNotify. This is relative to the base template directory.
is used to deliver a notification message to TOADDR (which defaults to ``FaxMaster'') that contains technical information about the job. This is useful in allowing the administrator to be aware of any problems before those problems are reported by the users. Possible settings are ``yes'', ``always'', ``no'', ``never'', and ``errors''. If ``errors'' is used then the notification message is only sent to FaxMaster when the job experienced an error. The default is ``no''.

The settings of the user in $notify (read from the sendq job file) controls whether the user will get the notification email. If you want to force notification emails, irregardless of the users selection, or force a blocked notification (which is not sent by default), you can set


which will force the notify script to send the email.


/var/spool/hylafax	spooling area
/usr/lib/sendmail	for delivering mail


faxq(8), hylafax-server(5), sendq(5)

May 8, 1996