[asterisk-dev] [Code Review] ConfbridgeActionExec AMI Command

Matt Jordan reviewboard at asterisk.org
Sat May 12 12:02:21 CDT 2012

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(Updated May 12, 2012, 12:02 p.m.)

Review request for Asterisk Developers and Joshua Colp.


Addressed Josh's findings.


Currently, most actions that are executed upon a channel in a conference (increasing/decreasing listening volume, playing back a sound on a channel, etc.) are handled via DTMF menus associated with a user profile.  While this suffices for scenarios where a user initiates an action upon themselves, it does not account for scenarios where a third party application wants to interact with the channels in a ConfBridge.  While there are a handful of AMI commands that allow for external interaction with the channels in the conference, they are currently limited to a subset of the defined actions.

Rather then add individual AMI commands for each confbridge action, this patch adds a single new AMI command for ConfBridge, ConfbridgeActionExec.  The command lets you execute any of the ConfBridge actions on a channel in the conference.

In order to facilitate this, a new mechanism has been added to the bridging layer to allow for a callback function to be executed at the next convenient moment on a bridged channel's thread.  This lets a user of the bridging layer defer execution of some function until such a time that the bridging layer determines that it is safe to execute that action on the channel's thread.

Example Usage:

Action: ConfbridgeActionExec
Conference: 1
Channel: Local/blah at foo
Actions: increase_listening_volume,playback(tt-monkeys)

This would playback monkeys to the offending channel.  Very loudly.

Diffs (updated)

  /trunk/main/bridging.c 364579 
  /trunk/include/asterisk/bridging.h 364579 
  /trunk/apps/confbridge/conf_config_parser.c 364579 
  /trunk/apps/confbridge/include/confbridge.h 364579 
  /trunk/CHANGES 364579 
  /trunk/apps/app_confbridge.c 364788 

Diff: https://reviewboard.asterisk.org/r/1902/diff


Initial testing using a test in the Asterisk Test Suite verified proper behavior of the AMI command.  The channel was properly suspended from the bridging layer, the playback confbridge action was executed, and the channel was placed back into the bridging layer.  All of this was similar to what would occur if the same action was triggered using a DTMF menu.

Note that a test case is being written to handle the various actions, but will be posted under a separate review.



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