vgetty - voice extension to the mgetty+sendfax program
is not meant to be run from the command line. It should be
run from the /etc/inittab file so it can respawn after each
call. Here is a typical inittab entry:
If you already have a line in your inittab file which invokes
replace it with
since it replaces/extends its functionality.
is an extension to the mgetty+sendfax program which provides
an interface to voice-capable modems. Use it to operate your
modem as a simple answering machine or build your own
sophisticated voice messaging system.
handles all the voice-modem specific protocols, giving
application programs a uniform, modem-independent voice
library. Supported modems include many common serial modems
from 3com/USRobotics, Elsa, Multitech, ZyXEL, and others.
Caller ID and Distinctive Ring are supported provided you
have subscribed to these services from your phone company.
Software-based modems (winmodems) are not supported.
comes with tools to convert au/wav/voc sound files to/from
the format used by most supported modems. Basic editing and
filtering of sound files is included as well. See
for more information.
accepts the same options as
The one's relevant to voice mode are given here.
for other options related to data and fax modes.
Use autobauding (change port speed to modem CONNECT speed).
There is no voice modem that needs this, the option is just
documented for completeness.
-m 'expect send ...'
Set the chat sequence that is used to initialize the modem.
For an empty expect part, use empty double quotes ("").
Since the sequence contains spaces, you will have to enclose
all of it in single quotes (''). Example:
vgetty -m '"" ATH0 OK'
Set the number of rings after which
will answer the phone
Set the serial port speed to use, e.g. "-s 38400". This is
the speed of communication between the computer and modem in
-x <log level>
Set the log verbosity level. Zero (0) means no logging, six
(6) is really noisy. Use level six (6) when sending problem
reports to the maintainer. The log file is
sets the following environment variables when calling
The caller's telephone number.
The number the caller has dialed. Useful for ISDN with
multiple incoming phone numbers on the same physical line.
The connect string as reported by the modem (e.g.
"38400/V.32bis/V.42bis ... ", etc.).
The tty device being used (e.g. "ttyS0"). Useful for
handling multiple devices ("messages on this line are for
work, messages on the other line are personal").
is included in the
distribution. For the latest release, go to:
mailing list is at email@example.com. The mailing list is mirrored
to the de.alt.comm.mgetty newsgroup.
Main configuration file for
Many options here override the equivalents found in
If this file exists,
will not answer calls on device ttyXX.
Debug log file for
List of greeting messages to use.
Access code for remote playback of messages using the
touches this file when a new message is received
Used by the dtmf.sh script to record last time of message
doesn't work they way you think it should, check the log file.
By default, it is located in
(for the vgetty process handling device ttyXX, e.g. ttyS0).
supports most standard voice modems, but many modems are not
fully compliant with relevant standards or contain firmware
bugs. If you have problems, try upgrading your modem to the
latest firmware revision. If you discover a bug with how
reacts to your modem, please email the maintainer
(firstname.lastname@example.org) describing your problem.
Include relevant excerpts from the log file (set log level
to six first), and details about your modem (including
firmware revision) and operating system.
is Copyright (c) 1997-2001 Marc Schaefer (email@example.com)
and many others, before and after.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of
the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This man page was written by Barry Stewart <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
and has CVS version: $Id: vgetty.8,v 1.1 2001/12/22 18:43:22 marcs Exp $