[asterisk-users] Passing literals with commas to subroutine [SOLVED]

A J Stiles asterisk_list at earthshod.co.uk
Thu Dec 11 06:40:58 CST 2014

On Tuesday 09 Dec 2014, Daniel Gonzalez wrote:
> Hi,
> Let's say I do:
> Set(data=xxx,yyy)
> Gosub(my-sub,s,1(${data}))
> My subroutine will only receive "xxx" for ARG1. How can I pass a literal
> with a comma to a single argument in a subroutine?
> (The point is: when calling the subroutine I do not know if the variable
> has a comma or not.)

O.K.  I've managed to set myself up a temporary Asterisk box, so I was able to 
do some testing without risking bringing down a production server  :)  And I 
have managed to put together a solution, if you can call it that.

If you put speech marks around the argument, like so:
then what actually comes through in ${ARG1} is
(complete with the speech marks).  But at least that comma is protected.  So 
then within my-sub, you just need to evaluate ${ARG1:1:-1}, ${ARG2:1:-1} &c. 
to strip off the first and last characters  (skip one, show all but one).  

It's a bit ugly -- but so is a lot of stuff written in the Dialplan.  Just 
because a language is Turing-complete, doesn't mean any code written in it is 
going to be pretty.  But you might be able to mitigate some of the ugliness 
with comments  (introduced with a semicolon in Dialplan, because the comment 
mark is a valid "digit").


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