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    Quote Originally Posted by heboland
    Thanks for the responses guys!
    Efax looks to be just the right size for me. I've installed some older
    versions, but I want to upgrade to the latest version before I go to
    efax-gtk for help.

    Moderators please give me an opinion on this technical question:

    Is ndesk-dbus-glib-devel the same as dbus-glib-devel in the opensuse
    11.2 environment?

    The build wants this - dbus-glib-devel. My package manager got me this
    - ndesk-dbus-glib-devel.

    If they are equivalent in the opensuse 11.2 environment, I can edit the
    spec file accordingly.

    If there is a difference, can you tell me where to get
    dbus-glib-devel?

    Remember that I'm a dial-up user, so if I contribute an rpm and/or srpm
    I'll have to send it somewhere. I can't host it myself. Heboland
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    That would be dbus-1-glib-devel, you should look at using the openSUSE
    build service; https://build.opensuse.org/ for building/hosting.

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    Default Re: Need fax Help!

    For openSUSE, the package is called

    dbus-1-glib-devel

    Available from OSS repo, or search via webpin

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    Thanks guys,

    I got dbus-1-glib-devel, then found out the hard way that dbus-glib is really dbus-1-glib.

    I'm curious how both you moderators knew about the -1- on both dbus files while I didn't have a clue?

    If it's not too far off topic, what is this ndesk stuff about, IE ndesk-dbus-glib?

    The package builds now, but I want to play with it some. Heboland

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    Quote Originally Posted by heboland
    Thanks guys,

    I got dbus-1-glib-devel, then found out the hard way that dbus-glib is
    really dbus-1-glib.
    Hi
    I just use YaST of zypper to search first, in this case zypper se dbus,
    they all had the -1-

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    Thank you malcolmlewis,

    I may have a customization to make on opensuse 11.2 for efax compatibility. efax-gtk says:

    For efax to operate correctly, the user must have write permission to
    the /var/lock directory, and to the serial port to which the fax modem
    is connected. In most distributions, the uucp group has write
    permission for these: if this applies to your distribution, the
    easiest approach is to make users members of the uucp group.

    My permissions look like this:

    frank[3087] ll /dev/ttyS4
    crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 4, 68 2010-05-04 14:17 /dev/ttyS4
    frank[3088] ll /var/lock
    total 16
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2009-10-19 11:45 lvm
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-04-05 08:50 libstorage
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-04-27 23:38 dmraid
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2010-05-04 21:18 subsys

    I'm a member of the dialout group.

    On the lock permissions, I'm open to suggestion.

    I could change the lock group to uucp and add myself to that group.

    I could try chmod u+s or something similar on /var/lock.

    I'll check back here tomorrow! Heboland

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    I don't remember having to be a member of any other group other than dialout, (but it was a few years ago now).

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    Thank you deano_ferrari,

    It does seem kind of amateurish not to use a root process to manipulate lock files, but I did notice similar requirements for hylafax on the /etc/hosts directory.

    The lock requirement is for the modem control such that multiple applications can use the modem, but prohibits simultaneous use attempts.

    The context of the lock requirement is for a tarball install, user built in /home/user.

    I built an rpm made from the tarball and installed it with the package manager. There may some difference in efax privileges than would exist in the user built tarball. Heboland

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    The lock requirement is for the modem control such that multiple applications can use the modem, but prohibits simultaneous use attempts.

    The context of the lock requirement is for a tarball install, user built in /home/user.
    Yes, I'm aware of the lock file process (common to all modem software). RPM and tarball installs should behave identically here.

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    Respondents, List, I have the efax-gtk working now.

    Before I continue with whatever contributions I can make to this subject, my installation has a non-typical behavior I had to work around.

    The efax-gtk gui has a view feature that allows displaying queued faxes with gs. If I don't invoke efax-gtk from a terminal, the gs display is transient like a soap bubble.

    Chris, the developer of efax-gtk says this is not typical behavior. My work around is to invoke efax-gtk in an xterm such as /usr/bin/xterm -iconic -e /usr/bin/efax-gtk.

    If this behavior is acceptable to a larger audience, it's OK for me. Any opinions regarding this behavior?

    I did chgrp the /var/lock directory to uucp and add myself to that group. That change hasn't seemed to affect the other locks using that directory.

    Surfing the web from the library (fast internet), I saw that malcolmlewis has apparently created 11.2 rpms and srpms for efax-gtk. If I'm wrong about this, I can provide the same that I created for myself.

    With my USR 2976 PCI HW fax modem, I had to drop to Class 1 fax operation to get efax-gtk to work successfully. Again this is fine for me.

    I'm still willing to make a contribution to this subject. Any suggestions on this topic? Heboland

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    Replying again to myself for thread completeness, the problem requiring invocation of efax-gtk from a terminal is fixed.

    gs was not the correct PS/PDF viewer for efax-gtk. Upon the suggestion of Chris Vine, the developer of efax-gtk, I installed gv. From my configured repositories I installed gv 3.6.3.

    With this last change, I would say that I now have a normally working version of efax-gtk-3.2.1. I like it! Heboland

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