[asterisk-users] Is Asterisk a Linux only system?

Matthew Jordan mjordan at digium.com
Thu Feb 12 10:42:25 CST 2015

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 10:38 AM, David M. Lee <dlee at digium.com> wrote:

> On Feb 12, 2015, at 9:11 AM, Joshua Colp <jcolp at digium.com> wrote:
> Justin Sherrill wrote:
> I would love to run Asterisk on a BSD system.  I do not know of any
> developers actively working on Asterisk on a BSD platform, though my
> knowledge isn't comprehensive.
> I'm also unaware of anyone developing on BSD like that. Linux of course
> and a smattering of folks on OSX doing the odd thing.
> /me is an odd developer occasionally doing odd things on OS X.
> If anyone wants to improve Asterisk on any non-Linux system, a good place
> to start is to run it with some of the common developer flags enabled
> (pass --enable-dev-mode to configure, enable DO_CRASH, enable
> the TEST_FRAMEWORK and run the tests).
> The increased warning level on GCC catches a few portability bugs, that
> are usually straightforward to fix. The tests can be harder, since you
> don’t know if it’s a problem in the test itself, or in Asterisk.
> Unfortunately, I doubt the Python test suite would run on non-Linux. I
> don’t even bother trying to run it on Ubuntu; I have a CentOS VM
> specifically for running the test suite to avoid platform problems.
It runs just fine on Debian based systems. Most issues you will run into
are just making sure the dependencies are set up correctly.

It does require Python 2.6+ (recommended: Python 2.7 just in case something
has slipped in that we missed.)

Matthew Jordan
Digium, Inc. | Engineering Manager
445 Jan Davis Drive NW - Huntsville, AL 35806 - USA
Check us out at: http://digium.com & http://asterisk.org
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