[asterisk-announce] Asterisk Now Available

Asterisk Development Team asteriskteam at digium.com
Tue Apr 28 18:39:31 CDT 2009

The Asterisk Development Team is pleased to announce the release of Asterisk Asterisk is available for immediate download at

This is the first release in the 1.6.1 branch, which has additional features
added since 1.6.0. Please see the CHANGES file for more information about the
additional functionality

For those upgrading from previous versions of Asterisk, it is advisable to
review the UPGRADE.txt file:


Some highlights about changes in this release:

* It is now possible to specify a pattern match as a hint. Once a phone
   subscribes to something that matches the pattern a hint will be created using
   the contents and variables evaluated.

* IAX2 encryption support has been improved to support periodic key rotation
   within a call for enhanced security.  The option "keyrotate" has been
   provided to disable this functionality to preserve backwards compatibility
   with older versions of IAX2 that do not support key rotation.

* res_odbc no longer has a limit of 1023 total possible unshared connections,
   as some people were running into this limit.  This limit has been increased
   to 4.2 billion.

* Several (ODBC, Postgres, MySQL, SQLite) realtime drivers have been given
   adaptive capabilities.  What this means in practical terms is that if your
   realtime table lacks critical fields, Asterisk will now emit warnings to
   that effect.  Also, some of the realtime drivers have the ability (if
   configured) to automatically add those columns to the table with the
   correct type and length.

* Config file variables may now be appended to, by using the '+=' append
   operator.  This is most helpful when working with long SQL queries in
   func_odbc.conf, as the queries no longer need to be specified on a single

* Many many other changes that are too numerous to list here. See:


For a summary of the changes in this release, please see the release summary:


For a full list of changes in this release, please see the ChangeLog:


The following list of issues were resolved with the participation of the
community, and this release would not have been possible without your help!

* Allow disconnect feature before a call is bridged
   - Closes issue #11583. Submitted by sobomax. Tested and additional coding
     by sobomax, dvossel, murf.

* Update app_fax to work with spandsp-0.0.6
   - Closes issue #13688. Reported by and patched by irroot.

* chan_h323 with H323Plus for TRUNK (SVN rev. 89183)
   - Closes issue #11261. Reported by vhatz. Patched by jthurman.

* Wrong usage of sscanf with use of uninitialized variable caused accidental
   parsing of RTP/SAVP
   - Closes issue #14000. Reported and patched by folke.

*  Realtime peers are never qualified after 'sip reload'
   - Closes issue #14196. Reported, tested, and patched by pdf.

Thank you for your continued support of Asterisk!

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