[App_rpt-users] AllStar Macros

Bryan D. Boyle bdboyle at bdboyle.com
Fri Mar 25 13:56:29 EDT 2016


I'm the opinion that due to the limitations of the asterisk application (it's not an operating system, it's an application...), if it is more complex than twiddling a couple bits or diddling a built in application, you are probably better off using the operating system (and the cron function) to do. things than to try and get the somewhat simplistic scheduler and macro function to do it.

after all, you can use the macro to call a shell script...that can also be called by a dtmf command...

Just my $.03

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Bryan
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> On Mar 25, 2016, at 13:28, mike at midnighteng.com wrote:
> 
> 
> Not sure where you got the comma.  Type error? Perhaps it works?
> I don't use them.
> Just a space and a # at the end.
> You can call a new macro from some other. Not sure if there is a limit. But
> probably "no cumulative limit".
> 
> Why not just test it by making a macro string of time announcements that is longer
> than 32 char's to find out. Then you will know.
> 
> Most folks here having a complex need will use a script assigned to a command
> ( xxxx=cmd, /dirlocation/scriptname.sh )to do the complex functions. No limits.
> 
> Some on macro's. Works for me.
> http://themidnightengineer.com/category/ham-amateur-radio/app_rpt/macros-scheduler/
> 
> ...mike/kb8jnm
> 
> 
> 
>> Good day!  I am writing user macros on an ACID Distribution server on a
>> Dell PC.  I have some questions about Macros ...
>> 
>> 1)  some documentation shows   "5=macro", other docs show "5=macro,1".
>> Is there a difference?  What would macro,2 do??
>> 
>> 2)  is there a limit to the number of characters in a macro?  I saw in
>> one document the limit was only 32 characters.  True?  If not, what is
>> the limit?
>> 
>> 3)  and in case 32 characters is correct ... Can I call a macro from a
>> macro without looping back to a previous macro to increase the number of
>> commands?    Two cases ...   A->B->C   or A->B->C->A.  If A calls B in
>> the middle of the string of characters, and B ends, does the macro call
>> end or does control transfer back to the character after where B was called.
>> 
>> ...STeve - KF5VH
>> 
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