[App_rpt-users] Access Command Mode With A Macro

Bryan D. Boyle bdboyle at bdboyle.com
Wed Jul 31 15:14:24 EDT 2013

On 7/31/13 2:38 PM, Johnny Keeker wrote:
> The question is, can a macro be created to connect to a node and then put it in the command mode?  I've tried creating the usual macro example.
> [macro]
> 1=*325555*425555#
> *51 only calls the 25555 node yet it does not take into account the *425555

Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, had a favorite saying: "Simplify and 
add lightness".

When you get into complex command strings and trying to make the 
machines jump through hoops, brew coffee, and change the baby at the 
same time, it's easy to forget that there is more than one way to 
accomplish what you are trying to do or gore an ox or stuff a ballot box 
(if you're in Chicago).

Ever thought of writing an OS shell script?  There you now have somewhat 
more programmatic control over HOW and IN WHAT sequence commands are 
executed, can pause in between commands to allow them to run to 
completion, do variable substitution so that the same shell, with 
different values passed to it, can be used for multiple functions.

In short, to me, it makes more sense.

Here, is an example of a useful Macro tied to a schedule:



09 = 00 * * * *

Which plays the time at the top of every hour.  Clean.  Neat.  Simple. 
Brilliant.  No pillocks here....

But, what if you want to unlink two hub nodes, link another node through 
a secondary hub (because your brother ops object to the other node 
because it's a 2-meter link radio?) and tell everyone that it's done? 
Wow.  Tell me the command string for that.

I do not see that as a macro job.

How about a script to do it:

Call this script linkconnect.sh.  Put it in a scripts directory 
somewhere, like /etc/asterisk/scripts, strangely enough...

Call it from rpt.conf:

# Call a shell, no error checking, WYSIWYG, down and dirty

#Send Asterisk a function message to unlink the two hubs
/usr/sbin/asterisk -rx "rpt fun 27123 *127234#"

#wait for all the gyrations and Allison to shut up
sleep 5

#Now, send a message to the second hub in the network to link
#to the link radio node 27999
/usr/sbin/asterisk -rx "rpt fun 27123 *428999*327999#"

#Wait for it....
sleep 2

#Now, play an announcement that the new configuration is up and going.

(obviously not the real node numbers, apologies to the holders of those 
numbers if they're in live use.)

Now, you can define a 'macro' as, say,
10=*9xx# ;call the function numbered 9XX

This gives you added flexibility and the ability to either call, using 
the internal schedule, on a fixed value, the shell you wrote, or using 
the OS cron facility, from a cronjob, or, even just run from the shell.

Don't fixate on one solution as being better...sometimes imagination is 
the key to creativity and indecision is the key to flexibility.

In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.
Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
You may quote me.

Sent from my MacBook Pro.

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