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HylaFAX is typically obtained by public FTP on the Internet. It is also available on a number of public domain and freeware-style CD-ROMs. The master distribution site for HylaFAX is the host ftp.sgi.com. Since 1998 there is also a server in Germany on the host ftp.sisis.de. The following information is included here: All the HylaFAX documentation is online on the World Wide Web. A quick synopsis of how to build and install the software from the source distribution is provided in the section on ``Installation from a source distribution''. Binary distributions come with their own installation instructions that are tailored to their format and the needs of the target system. Otherwise the HylaFAX home page at http://www.hylafax.org/ is the place to go for all the HylaFAX documentation.

There are two mailing lists for HylaFAX users; information on how to subscribe is found in the chapter ``HylaFAX Mailing Lists and Other Final Words''.

Using public FTP on the Internet

From ftp.sgi.com (master distribution site)

The source code is available for public FTP on For example,
    % ftp -n ftp.sgi.com
    ftp> user ftp
    ... <type in password>
    ftp> cd sgi/fax/source
    ftp> binary
    ftp> get hylafax-v3.0beta099-tar.gz
Software is available in released form (none presently available), and in beta form, (v3.0beta036). Beta software differs from released software mainly in the level of testing that has been done on non-Silicon Graphics platforms. Any files in the source directory of the form:
are shell scripts that can be used to apply patches to the specified <version>.

NB: If you are uncertain about what a patch script does just look at its contents; there is a comment at the top that says what version of the software the script is intended to patch. The HylaFAX home page also contains a link to release notes for the latest patch file.

The <XX> sequence numbers in the patch filenames indicate the order in which the patches must be applied; e.g. hylafax-v3.0-patch-01 must be applied before hylafax-v3.0-patch-02.

Binary distributions and alternate sites

Many binary distributions are available on the master FTP site: These include:
  • Silicon Graphics inst'able images
  • SVR4 pkg images for x86 systems
  • HPUX-9.01 for HP9000/7xx systems
  • Ultrix 4.4 for DecStation-5000 systems
  • SunOS 4.1.x for SPARC systems
  • AIX 3.2.5 for IBM RS/6000 systems
  • Solaris 2.4 for SPARC systems
[This list may be out of date, check the FTP directory.]

Alternate sites that either mirror the master FTP site or that have specific binary distributions are:

NOTE: Some of these sites had binary distributions of FlexFAX or HylaFAX 3.0, they will presumably have HylaFAX 4.0 distributions soon.

FreeBSD binary distributions are available from:

NetBSD binary distributions are available from:

If you are unable to locate the materials you want at one of the above sites, consult the archie resource location service to find copies close to your system.

Obtaining the Software by Electronic Mail

If you cannot use FTP at all, there is a service called ``ftpmail'' available through a variety of systems including decwrl.dec.com: you can send electronic mail to one of these machines and the host will retrieve the requested files using FTP and then send you the files via electronic mail. To find out more about the ftpmail service, send a message to ftpmail@decwrl.dec.com whose body consists of the single line ``help'' or check out this sample response to the help query.

Obtaining the Software Within Silicon Graphics

Internal to Silicon Graphics there are inst'able images on the host dist.engr in the directory /sgi/hacks. Thus you can do something like:
    % inst -f dist.engr.sgi.com:/sgi/hacks/hylafax
to install the latest version of the software on your machine.

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