the state of Asterisk faxing

I often rant about all that Asterisk can do. I have discovered some things it can't do though and I think it's important to disclose those.

I've been using JFAX/J2/jConnect for years to receive voice and fax messages (sent as e-mail). Their service went out recently so I decided to tackle getting Asterisk to handle faxes.

There's a great collection of information on the subject here.

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usually use Debian binaries but I downloaded Asterisk and the SpanDSP code. Lots of problems after that but here are the high points.

SpanDSP 0.0.1 doesn't seem to work with modern TIFF libraries.

N.B. Someone has reported that TIFF 3.6.1 has changed the headers a bit, and the following may not work without some changes. I will look into this.

I had TIFF issues. I tried the "whole" bundle.

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conflicted with existing TIFF headers.

SpanDSP 0.0.2pre versions don't seem to work with rxfax.

If you want a stable version, don't use this one. The app_rxfax.c and app_txfax.c programs in this directory will only work with spandsp-0.0.2.

There is no "spandsp-0.0.2" (non-pre) as far as I can tell.

Bottom line...I didn't get it to work. I'm sure it can be made to work but I'm not up to it right now.

Someday I trust that this will be cleaned and added to Asterisk main. I'd happily put some money toward a bounty for it.


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Kyler Laird
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