Section 3 : Running a Server

Q341: Problem accessing fax services by clients?

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Problem accessing fax services by clients?

Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 15:16:49 +1200 (NZST)
From: Jonathan Chen <>
Subject: Re: Problem accessing fax services by clients

On Tue, 3 Sep 1996, Kevin Scholz wrote:

> I'm using hylafax-v4.0beta020 on IRIX 6.2.
> I'm having a problem on client machines accessing the fax applications.
> My network uses a "shadow" password file for security. I'm being
> prompted for a password which doesn't every match because the "hosts"
> password files contains an "x" string and it doesn't decode to any known
> password.
> It seems like the Hylafax software does a direct look up of the "hosts"
> file and does not use any system procedures like getpwnam, getpwuid or
> getpwent to do the lookup. (which makes the shadow password file
> invisible to an application). 

HylaFAX actually consults etc/hosts (in /var/spool/hylafax) for security
purposes. You must have an entry in the file for each client that
accesses your fax-server. man 4f hosts(4F) for more details.
Jonathan Chen                          e-mail :

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