[Freeswitch-users] Newbie Questions

Thomas Mangin thomas.mangin at exa-networks.co.uk
Sat Oct 4 00:27:01 PDT 2008

Another way would be to export to a Radius server using a MySQL backend.

I am not using the feature so I can not report how well it works but I 
am confident that "it should just work" and that if it does not, it will 
be fixed :)


Vito Andolini wrote:
> Michael,
> Thanks a lot for the answers, it answers my questions, I guess the next 
> thing would be downloading and trying FS :)
> Also, as I saw in the wiki, there is no built in support for mysql 
> right? The solution that was suggested was setting up a cron to import 
> the csv files into mysql, is this still what's available or are there 
> any updates on this?
> Thank,
> Vito A.
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> [mailto:freeswitch-users-bounces at lists.freeswitch.org] *On Behalf Of 
> *Michael Jerris
> *Sent:* Friday, October 03, 2008 7:06 AM
> *To:* freeswitch-users at lists.freeswitch.org
> *Subject:* Re: [Freeswitch-users] Newbie Questions
> On Oct 3, 2008, at 4:54 AM, Vito Andolini wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I am familiar with Asterisk and doing some testing for my next 
>> project. I have had some difficulties Asterisk, and now researching 
>> FreeSwitch hoping that it has some out-of-the box answers for my 
>> questions.
>> Basically I want to implement a Click 2 Call service.  Very simple, 
>> user types in his/her number on a website, that number is called, 
>> after it's answered, the company number is called and they are bridged 
>> together.
>> 1) Is there a way to communicate with FreeSwitch programatically and 
>> issue commands such as initiate calls etc ? (ver much like manager API 
>> in Asterisk)
> There is an interface that we call the fsapi interface that can be 
> accessed in many ways, including over a socket method similar to a 
> combination of AMI and FAGI:
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Event_Socket
> and xmlrpc:
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Freeswitch_XML-RPC
>> 2) If you initiate a call from the software and then once its answered 
>> call a 2nd number. How do you bridge them?
> You can do this all in one command:
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Mod_commands#originate
>> 3) After the 2 numbers talk and hang up. How does your cdr look like? 
>> Do you have 2 cdr's that correspond to both calls or just 1 after both 
>> numbers are bridged together? This is one of the problems I can't 
>> solve with Asterisk as it generates only 1 cdr after the 2 calss are 
>> bridged. The reason for this request is, in case of a Click2Call 
>> service, you are charged for both calls by your SIP provider therefore 
>> you need to be able to track both calls for invoices/payments etc.
> We can do either per leg or combined cdr's
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Channel_Variables#process_cdr
> We have multiple supported formats for cdr:
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Mod_xml_cdr
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Mod_cdr_csv
>> 4) Is there a way to programatically know if a call has been asnwered 
>> or not and act based upon that. I understand the cdr contains that 
>> information. But what I want is, if the call is not answered maybe I 
>> can play a prerecorded message or take them to the voicemail or 
>> whatnot. So I need a way to do a flow-control based on if the call has 
>> been asnwered or not in the dialplan. Does that exist? If so can you 
>> point me to some resources?
> There are several approaches you could take to this.  You could do this 
> all in dialplan if there is not any real forking other than if the call 
> worked.  You can use the variables:
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Channel_Variables#hangup_after_bridge
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Channel_Variables#continue_on_fail
> and just playing the sounds in the dial-plan after a bridge line.
> Mike
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