[asterisk-users] Find me macro - calling multiple people to get a hold of one

jg webaccounts173 at jgoettgens.de
Wed Nov 4 10:42:17 CST 2015

> We're trying to set up a phone number that customers can call to get a hold of anyone of a group of sysadmins (and not their voice mails!). We found the findme example ([1]) that makes the callees press 1 to accept the call. It almost works, but it doesn't work correctly when one of the callees, the sysadmins, hangs up after accepting the call.
> We're using this 'screen' macro:
> ==============================
> [default]
> exten => _9999XXXXXXXXXX,1,Dial(SIP/bla/${EXTEN:4},40,M(screen))
> exten => _9999XXXXXXXXXX,2,Hangup
> [macro-screen]
> exten => s,1,Wait(1)
> exten => s,n,Background(press-1)
> exten => s,n,WaitExten(10) ; the value is the Wait time before we assume the call is not accepted
> exten => 1,1,NoOp(Caller accepted) ; Do not set MACRO_RESULT to anything to connect the caller
> exten => t,1,Playback(weasels-eaten-phonesys) ; if you're too late with pressing 1
> exten => t,n,Set(MACRO_RESULT=CONTINUE)
> [findme]
> exten =>  s,1,Set(CALLERID(all)="Alarm" <911>)
> same  =>   n,Playback(please-wait-connect-oncall-eng)
> same  =>   n,Dial(LOCAL/9999${WIEBE_MOBILE})
> same  =>   n,Playback(vm-nobodyavail)
> exten  =>  t,1,Playback(vm-nobodyavail)
> =============================
> First of all, what is MACRO_RESULT? I can't seem to find anything about that. Googling for it yields basically nothing.
> But the biggest problem is when the callee answers, then hangs up. The person calling is connected to the phone that hangs up, instead of hearing 'vm-nobodyavail'. This seems to be because there is nothing that sets MACRO_RESULT in that event (it's only set on 't', timeout).
> I tried adding:
> exten => h,1,Verbose(0,"The callee hung up")
> exten => h,n,Set(MACRO_RESULT=CONTINUE)
> to handle the hangup (h), but it's not doing that.
> WaitExten() pushes the result back on the stack and restarts the context, right? So what is the result when the person hangs up?
> Regards,
> Wiebe
Sorry, but why is a simple


not acceptable? If necessary, one can try to find out which devices are technically available to 
avoid dialing a non-existent device. If pressing a "1" is acceptable, then why not pressing the 
"DND" to not accept the call?



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