Asterisk 1.8 package



  • Rebooted again and it failed again to autostart, it sometimes works sometimes not
    Did also a clean install, same behaviour, did you also test it on a nanobsd i386 (Alix board) ?
    Because sometimes I also have the issue that OpenVPN fails to autostart
    The Alix board is quite slow at things, so maybe things are not proparly stopped at a shut down\reboot, or things time-out or something during startup.


  • Banned

    I bet about 99% of the inexplicable package issues would be solved by abandoning the PBI packaging POS. Really hope it happens very soon.

    (And pretty much can understand that people’s motivation to maintain packages in their free time is about zero at this point. Most of time is wasted on debugging the packaging, instead of development and features.  😠 )



  • Rebooted again and everything started succesfully
    This time I waited a little longer before logging into the webinterface.
    Maybe the problem is related with logging into soon after a reboot (interfering with processes still starting in the background)



  • matthijs,

    After rebooting, pfSense normally needs a bit “patience/time” to autostart all services …

    P.S : Agree ! doktornotor  😉



  • Package seems to be broken…

    install on new 2.2.2 -> asterisk dont start

    after apply Bastions dirty workaround ends up with -> no asterisk_enable in rc.conf after manual add-in in rc.conf -> pam_error



  • Update:

    after make a new /etc/rc.asterisk an put asterisk_enable=YES into it … it works again



  • I just installed Asterisk on PfSense 2.2.2.
    I ran into some of the problems mentioned in this thread.
    These are my notes on solutions to the problems.

    1. Installation

    Installation takes a long, long time (on my box, about 24.5 minutes AFTER download is complete).
    You can’t see what’s going on in the web UI.
    I recommend enabling ssh, logging in to ssh and issuing the following command at the ssh command prompt:

    pfSsh.php playback installpkg Asterisk

    After a few minutes it will say ‘Done’ and the cursor will remain at the end of that line.
    It isn’t done: it’s just done with the download.
    Wait until it’s really done – you’ll know from the console output. Be patient.

    I’m not sure if this method installs the PfSense GUI stuff.
    If, after this step, you don’t have an Asterisk entry in the PfSense Status menu, go to
    System->Packages and under Installed Packages->Asterisk click on the ‘xml’ button.

    2. Post-install fixes

    First, do this stuff:

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=47210.msg490067#msg490067

    Next, to fix the Asterisk log warnings about res_snmp.so and libperl.so, do the following:

    • under Diagnostics->NanoBSD set Media Read/Write status to Read/Write

    • log in with ssh, start a shell and cd to /usr/pbi/asterisk-<arch>/local/lib
          note: replace <arch>with i386 or amd64, depending on your system

    • issue the following command at the ssh command prompt:
          ln -s perl5/5.18/mach/CORE/libperl.so

    • under Diagnostics->NanoBSD set Media Read/Write status to Read-Only

    • under Status->Asterisk->Log press ‘Clear log’

    • under Status->Asterisk->Commands press ‘Restart Asterisk’

    • under Status->Asterisk->Log check the log; there should be no WARNINGs

    Hope this helps. I wanted to summarize everything in one place.</arch></arch>



  • Hi,

    first thanks for the hard work everyone is putting into this, I migrated over to Pfsense several months ago and I’ve come to enjoy the flexibility available. Now after the Asterisk update a couple of months ago the module chan_sccp.so no longer works, I was relying on a pre-built deb package. Can someone please build the module to support the latest build of pfsense and asterisk.

    Thanks in advance.



  • The package installation failed on pfsense 2.2.3 i386  😕 help plz!!!



  • I Have the Asterisk Package Installed (0.3.1) on my pfSense system (2.2.2-RELEASE (amd64)) but there does not seem to be any of the modules installed. The config file suggests “/usr/local/lib/asterisk/modules” would be the place, but that directory does not exist.

    This means things like musiconhold won’t work.

    Have I missed something out when installing this package?

    Regards

    Ben



  • @ben.suffolk:

    I Have the Asterisk Package Installed (0.3.1) on my pfSense system (2.2.2-RELEASE (amd64)) but there does not seem to be any of the modules installed. The config file suggests “/usr/local/lib/asterisk/modules” would be the place, but that directory does not exist.

    This means things like musiconhold won’t work.

    Have I missed something out when installing this package?

    Regards

    Ben

    I have the same package version installed on the same pfSense version, but i386 instead of amd64.
    Yes, according to asterisk.conf the modules directory is /usr/local/lib/asterisk/modules.
    No, that directory doesn’t exist on my system either.
    But Asterisk works fine.
    If no modules were being loaded Asterisk would be basically dead.
    Are you speculating that something will not work if you attempt it, or have you actually observed that Asterisk does not work?

    For reference du -h /usr/pbi/asterisk-i386 reports 472MB. amd64 should be somewhat larger.

    EDIT:
    To see what modules are loaded issue the following command at the Asterisk CLI prompt:

    module show


  • Banned

    The asterisk.conf references the chrooted paths. (For details on PBI junk, search this forum…)



  • @carlm:

    If no modules were being loaded Asterisk would be basically dead.
    Are you speculating that something will not work if you attempt it, or have you actually observed that Asterisk does not work?

    For reference du -h /usr/pbi/asterisk-i386 reports 472MB. amd64 should be somewhat larger.

    EDIT:
    To see what modules are loaded issue the following command at the Asterisk CLI prompt:

    module show

    Your right, lots of modules are loaded. What does not work for me is the music on hold command. Thats when I started looking and found the modules directory missing.



  • Please help me to install Asterisk-GUI on PFsense. I’m a newbie on this. My Pfsense box version is:
    2.2.1-RELEASE (amd64)
    FreeBSD 10.1



  • @nguyentan1980:

    Please help me to install Asterisk-GUI on PFsense. I’m a newbie on this. My Pfsense box version is:
    2.2.1-RELEASE (amd64)
    FreeBSD 10.1

    I assume you are referring to the old Asterisk GUI developed by Digium.
    Before doing anything take a look at this page:

    https://wiki.asterisk.org/wiki/display/AST/Asterisk+GUI

    There is no pfSense package for Asterisk GUI. Someone would have to make one, assuming it would be practical to run Asterisk GUI on pfSense (maybe not).

    Alternately, Asterisk GUI doesn’t need to run on the same machine that Asterisk runs on – it communicates with Asterisk via AMI. A more practical approach would be to build and run Asterisk GUI on a separate UNIX/Linux box, if you have one.

    Note: I have never used Asterisk GUI. If you read the web page linked above you’ll know as much about it as I do.

    Personally, I just configured Asterisk manually. Now I know what goes on “under the hood.”



  • Thanks Carlm for your advice.



  • Another one of many reasons to stick with 2.1.5

    If you are serious about VoIP, 2.1.5 has working limiters, working asterisk (nice redundancy even if you do/should have another box or VM behind pfsense)

    Strange, too , how hard it is to find old versions……

    😞 😠 😠



  • @msmith9xr4:

    Strange, too , how hard it is to find old versions……

    Ok, so there isn’t a big button on the download page saying ‘old versions’, but is it really that hard to look in the folder marked ‘old’ on the download mirror?
    There are a few situations where you might want 2.1.5, but for most people 2.2.4 is better.



  • I started out w/ v 0.3.1 of the Asterisk package.
    Others have commented that this version is much larger than the previous version.
    Anyone know what accounts for the size increase?
    Anything to do with the gcc48 stuff? Is that stuff necessary?

    Whenever I have to reinstall Asterisk (e.g., restore a previous config) it takes about 25 minutes to untar the Asterisk .pbi. I’m running nanoBSD i386 with a SanDisk 8GB Class 4 microSD card. Was about the same with a Kingston Class 10 card. A much smaller .pbi would really help, unless there’s a way to speed up the untar operation (permanent R/W on nanoBSD??).

    Thanks!



  • Until pfSense 2.3 some packages will work better(and smaller) if you isntall via gui and then via console remove the pbi and install the freebsd package via pkg install



  • @marcelloc:

    Until pfSense 2.3 some packages will work better(and smaller) if you isntall via gui and then via console remove the pbi and install the freebsd package via pkg install

    Maybe I wasn’t clear. My primary problem is the time required to reinstall Asterisk when, for instance, I restore a previous pfSense config. Of course, the time to untar the .pbi is proportional to the size of the .pbi, so any significant size reduction would be a significant help.

    Your suggestion wouldn’t help with the installation time: pfSense would still reinstall the .pbi when it determined it necessary to do so. (Unless you’re talking about uninstalling the .pbi. But then I’d lose the Asterisk GUI.)

    Also, the Asterisk package is unusual in that has that embedded gcc48 stuff and embedded Perl. The Perl is definitely necessary (res_snmp.so uses it, for one example). I’m not sure how I’d replace the untarred .pbi package with the FreeBSD package and its dependencies, even if it would help with the install time problem.

    One more little gotcha: The FreeBSD 10.1 package is a slightly older Asterisk version: 1.8.31.1.


  • Banned

    1/ No, you don’t lose any GUI by removing PBI. (That is NOT the same thing like unstalling the package from GUI.)
    2/ Install the latest package version (0.3.2).



  • @carlm:

    One more little gotcha: The FreeBSD 10.1 package is a slightly older Asterisk version: 1.8.31.1.

    Freebsd ports has both 11 and 13 version of asterisk.

    https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/ports.cgi?query=asterisk13&stype=all



  • I didn’t know there was a v0.3.2.
    What is the size of the .pbi? (0.3.1 i-386: 113MB)
    What is the installed size not including the .pbi? (0.3.1 i-386: 472MB)

    (I couldn’t find the .pbi to download manually.)


  • Banned

    Simply install the updated package via GUI and report back whether it works for you or not. I have NFC why would the PBI size matter. It’s actually the GUI install that’s changed, hopefully fixing a bunch of stuff here.



  • @doktornotor:

    Simply install the updated package via GUI and report back whether it works for you or not. I have NFC why would the PBI size matter. It’s actually the GUI install that’s changed, hopefully fixing a bunch of stuff here.

    OK, I looked at GitHub.

    I was asking about size because I had no idea what had changed in v0.3.2. If the .pbi were half the size of v0.3.1 then I’d expect the installed size to be about half of v0.3.1.

    I had already manually applied Robi’s fixes to get v0.3.1 working and added a fix of my own (earlier in this thread) to eliminate the log warnings about the missing Perl library. My v0.3.1 Asterisk installation is working fine, no warnings or errors in the log file.

    If anyone knows, I’d still like to know why v0.3.1 got so much larger and if there is anything that can be done about it, again because it takes 25+ minutes to revert a config while pfSense nanoBSD untars 472MB of Asterisk stuff, and that’s 25+ minutes that my phone is down.


  • Banned

    The package version has nothing to do with the PBI version. There is no 0.3.2 PBI. There are no changes in the binaries in this update.



  • Bug and fix

    I just found and fixed a bug in /usr/local/pkg/asterisk.inc (v0.3.1, not latest).

    Symptom:
    Every time the Asterisk package is started, the following files in /conf/asterisk are modified:
    asterisk.conf
    logger.conf

    Edits that the user has made to these files may be lost (if they overlap the modifications
    performed by asterisk.inc).

    Description:
    These files are supposed to be modified the FIRST time that the Asterisk package is started.
    When asterisk.inc modifies other .conf files it adds a flag comment ‘; by pfSense ;’ .
    The flag comment is present in logger.conf, missing in asterisk.conf.
    The code in asterisk.inc doesn’t, but should, check for presence of the flag comment in these two files and not modify them if the flag comment is present.

    Fix:
    In asterisk.inc:
    1. Add flag comment to asterisk.conf when modifying it.
    2. Do not modify asterisk.conf or logger.conf if the file already contains the flag comment.

    I have attached a .zip with both a unified context diff and the full file (patched), whichever you prefer to work with.
    Remember, this is for package v0.3.1 (what I’m running).
    The file asterisk.inc has changed since then.

    asterisk_inc_0_3_1-patch.zip


  • Banned

    Any patches need to go to https://github.com/pfsense/pfsense-packages/ and obviously need to be against current code. Just a note.



  • res_fax.so and res_fax_spandsp.so
    Hi,
    the package contains res_fax.so, but not res_fax_spandsp.so.  Is there a specific reason why this lib does not exits?

    I have a native build for res_fax_spandsp.so, but this does not seem to work (libspandsp does not seem to be able to find libjpeg, although it is also in /usr/local/lib).



  • res_fax.so and res_fax_spandsp.so

    I found the place where to put symlinks for the missing libaries.

    Now I have the following problem

    [Oct 16 20:56:18] WARNING[-1]: loader.c:835 inspect_module: Module 'res_fax_spandsp.so' was not compiled with the same compile-time options as this version of Asterisk.
    [Oct 16 20:56:18] WARNING[-1]: loader.c:836 inspect_module: Module 'res_fax_spandsp.so' will not be initialized as it may cause instability.
    [Oct 16 20:56:18] WARNING[-1]: loader.c:923 load_resource: Module 'res_fax_spandsp' could not be loaded.
    

    The basic reason could be that the versions of Asterisk and the module are different: 1.8.32 vs. 1.8.x. I compiled Asterisk from the ports directory of the current 10.1 version, so I cannot arbitrarily choose the version.



  • I am currently working with the Asterisk package, where I am using pfSense/Asterisk essentially as a session border controller.

    T.38 facsimiles are now working for me, which essentially involves patching the AST_BUILDOPT_SUM string inside the res_fax_spandsp.so lib. This is not really nice.

    After restarting, some configuration files seem to get modified every time. There is some funny stuff that gets appended to modules.conf and extensions.conf. Does anyone know why this is happening?

    After rebooting pfSense, there’s also a problem with the SIP module on my box, which looks as if other network functions are not yet properly running. Waiting and restarting the Asterisk solves the problem

    Is currently someone working on this package? I have some spare time to work on the package.


  • Banned

    1/ You do NOT make changes to config files via shell. They get lost. You configure things via GUI. If it’s not possible, modify the GUI code and submit a pull request against the current code… Not outdated one that noone can install. Useless.
    2/ You do not produce any similar nonsense like binary patches mixing libraries from different binary packages. That has nothing to do with “work on the package”. Noone will merge such crap.
    3/ About 99% of the world abandoned junk like fax ages ago. Hardly surprising noone tests it.
    4/ Before wasting time on trying to fix unfixable crap such as PBI, perhaps rather play with pfSense 2.3 and get it working there.

    P.S. My personal observation: There’s tons of whole LOT more suitable places to run a PBX on. Such as some VM on a DMZed server. Frankly, why anyone thinks putting this monster on their firewall is a good idea goes beyond me. Especially when a VM-ready appliance incl. a configuration GUI is readily available for download! http://www.asterisk.org/downloads/asterisknow



  • @doktornotor - Maybe you don’t know what the role of an SBC is. An SBC is not a PBX, although the package may be the same…



  • RTCP stats problem

    CLI command ‘sip show channelstats’ issued during an active call: all data except duration is zero.
    I’ve done ‘rtcp set stats on’.
    I’ve turned on rtcp debug: I get Sender Reports from both my endpoint and my provider’s SIP proxy.

    Just wondering:
    Where does Asterisk store the RTCP stats? Memory? Disk? If disk, does the Asterisk init script need to create another directory under /var?

    Thanks!

    EDIT:
    The problem is due to this Asterisk 1.8 open bug:

    https://issues.asterisk.org/jira/browse/ASTERISK-18455

    I temporarily forced Asterisk to transcode and I started getting valid data from ‘sip show channelstats’.



  • There might be a different cause. Please check the value of directmedia in sip.conf. The default setting is “yes”, where Asterisk tries to redirect media directly between caller and callee. In this case Asterisk doesn’t see any audio and hence cannot generate any statistics.



  • In sip.conf all of my device definitions include directmedia=no, so that’s not it.
    But thanks for the suggestion.



  • The current Asterisk package generates an rc-file named asterisk.sh. This causes the service to get started two times in rc.start_packages, because the second instance cannot check that another instance is already running. It takes a moment before the pid file has been generated.

    The package should generate a simple rc-file with the name asterisk, such that the manual boot time service does not get called.


  • Banned

    @Fesoj:

    The package should generate a simple rc-file with the name asterisk, such that the manual boot time service does not get called.

    What second instance? The /usr/local/etc/rc.d/asterisk script is removed on install.

    https://github.com/pfsense/pfsense-packages/blob/master/config/asterisk/asterisk.inc#L41



  • Nope, the file asterisk never gets generated, only asterisk.sh. And this causes the problem of two instances.


 

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