[asterisk-users] confbridge and talker

Matthew Jordan mjordan at digium.com
Mon Feb 11 08:19:45 CST 2013

On 02/11/2013 01:20 AM, Dmitry Melekhov wrote:
> Hello!
> We use meetme, but, as I understand it will be soon removed from
> asterisk (already marked as deprecated), so I'm thinking about
> confbridge migration.
> Really, we use self-developed  (really my ;-) ) web interface to control
> meetme.
> We use cli ( over manager ) command to get users list and status.
> Confbridge doesn't provide user name in list, but I just fixed this here:
> https://issues.asterisk.org/jira/browse/ASTERISK-18251
> it was very easy.
> But we also rely on T  option, which shows talkers in cli.
> Is there something like this in confbridge?
> Thank you!


A few things:

1. When I looked at ASTERISK-18251, there doesn't appear to be a patch
attached to the issue. In order for a patch to be considered for
inclusion, it needs to be attached to the issue in question after a
license contributor agreement has been signed. You can sign a
contributor agreement directly in Jira using the button at the top of
the page.

2. MeetMe is not actually deprecated. There was a short period of time
in which it was marked as deprecated in Asterisk 10+, but as it provides
SLA functionality that has no other alternative in Asterisk, it was
instead marked as Extended support. Note that it is still 'core'
supported in Asterisk 1.8. In short, it isn't going anywhere any time soon.

3. If you do want to move to ConfBridge, I would highly discourage using
the CLI as a means to get run time information. That method is not
encouraged for a variety of reasons:
  a) It requires polling Asterisk instead of responding to events
  b) If done over AMI, it requires configuring the account with the
     'command' class authorization, which is akin to giving external
     applications control over Asterisk
As such, patches that add CLI commands to ConfBridge that provide
functionality that is better expressed over AMI are discouraged. In
general, you should use AMI actions/events for interacting with
ConfBridge. The existing actions/events include notification of talk
detection and speaker change [1].


Hope this helps,


Matthew Jordan
Digium, Inc. | Engineering Manager
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