[App_rpt-users] Replacing an IRLP node with App-rpt node]

Ramesh Dhami (VA3UV) Ramesh at va3uv.com
Mon Mar 30 20:32:09 EDT 2009

Matt Beasant wrote:
> Hi there Ramesh and thanks for the reply.
> Yes, been a bit busy here - the financial year ends here on 5th April 
> and so its panic time to try and get all the sites on the air!

<-- No worries, our FY ends tomorrow (March 31st!).
> Thanks for all the info in your email - I'm still a little unsure of a 
> couple of things so please bear with me ....
> I can edit the crontab as you suggest but how do I control App_rpt from 
> the crontab? What do I put as the command line to make Asterisk play out 
> the file? I assume I have to use root's crontab?

<-- Yes, root's crontab; here's an example of how I played out my ID
file at 15 and 45 mins past the hour:

15,45 * * * * /usr/sbin/asterisk -rx "rpt localplay 2182 /path/file_name"

Note (once again) file must be in .ulaw format
> In your dialplan example, I see the extension referred to is 96 - is 
> that the DTMF code I dial to activate that script or do I need to put 
> something in rpt.conf to call to the dialplan?

<-- Sorry, I think I slipped up earlier, just add (for example) the
following to rpt.conf - in the functions stanza:


(Note that in the above example, my current_wx file is located in
/var/lib/asterisk/sounds/rpt/) - you can obviously specify your own path
to suit.

> You say you can call the playback command from the cron and / or the 
> dialplan - how does one do this and what DTMF code or other trigger can 
> be used to call the playback command?

<-- See above...
> Thanks again for your help Ramesh and sorry for the (still) noob 
> questions! Still trying to get my head around how app_rpt and Asterisk 
> stitch together!

<-- No problem Matt; I'm just passing on some stuff that I've acquired
from the guys here who have been willing to share and mentor... so I'm
giving something back ;).

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