|author||markster <markster@f38db490-d61c-443f-a65b-d21fe96a405b>||2005-10-18 19:21:16 +0000|
|committer||markster <markster@f38db490-d61c-443f-a65b-d21fe96a405b>||2005-10-18 19:21:16 +0000|
Update README documentation (bug #5463, with mods)
git-svn-id: http://svn.digium.com/svn/asterisk/trunk@6822 f38db490-d61c-443f-a65b-d21fe96a405b
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@@ -1,12 +1,17 @@
The Asterisk Open Source PBX
by Mark Spencer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
+and the Asterisk.org developer community
Copyright (C) 2001-2005 Digium, Inc.
+and other copyright holders.
It is imperative that you read and fully understand the contents of
- the SECURITY file before you attempt to configure an Asterisk server.
+the SECURITY file before you attempt to configure and run an Asterisk
-* WHAT IS ASTERISK
+* WHAT IS ASTERISK ?
Asterisk is an Open Source PBX and telephony toolkit. It is, in a
sense, middleware between Internet and telephony channels on the bottom,
and Internet and telephony applications at the top. For more information
@@ -19,7 +24,12 @@ community on this Wiki:
-* OPERATING SYSTEMS
+There is a book on Asterisk published by O'Reilly under the
+Creative Commons License. It is available in book stores as well
+as in a downloadable version on the http://www.asteriskdocs.org
+* SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS
== Linux ==
The Asterisk Open Source PBX is developed and tested primarily on the
@@ -41,18 +51,34 @@ ANY special hardware, not even a soundcard) to install and run Asterisk.
* All Wildcard (tm) products from Digium (www.digium.com)
* QuickNet Internet PhoneJack and LineJack (http://www.quicknet.net)
* any full duplex sound card supported by ALSA or OSS
- * ISDN4Linux compatible ISDN card
* VoiceTronix OpenLine products
-Hint: CAPI compatible ISDN cards can be run using the add-on channel chan_capi.
+The are several drivers for ISDN BRI cards available from third party sources.
+Check the voip-info.org wiki for more information on chan_capi, chan_misdn and
+* UPGRADING FROM VERSION 1.0
- Second, ensure that your system contains a compatible compiler and development
+ If you are updating from a previous version of Asterisk, make sure you
+read the UPGRADE.txt file in the source directory. There are some files
+and configuration options that you will have to change, even though we
+made every effort possible to maintain backwards compatibility.
+ In order to discover new features to use, please check the configuration
+examples in the /configs directory of the source code distribution.
+To discover the major new features of Asterisk 1.2, please visit
+* NEW INSTALLATIONS
+ Ensure that your system contains a compatible compiler and development
libraries. Asterisk requires either the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) version
3.0 or higher, or a compiler that supports the C99 specification and some of
the gcc language extensions. In addition, your system needs to have the C
-library headers available, and the headers and libraries for OpenSSL and zlib.
+library headers available, and the headers and libraries for OpenSSL,
+ncurses and zlib.
On many distributions, these files are installed by packages with names like
-'libc-devel', 'openssl-devel' and 'zlib-devel' or similar.
+'glibc-devel', 'ncurses-devel', 'openssl-devel' and 'zlib-devel' or similar.
So let's proceed:
@@ -73,10 +99,10 @@ the sample PBX, with demonstration extensions, etc. If so, run:
3) "make samples"
- Doing so will overwrite any existing config files you have. If you are lacking a
-soundcard you won't be able to use the DIAL command on the console, though.
+ Doing so will overwrite any existing config files you have.
- Finally, you can launch Asterisk with:
+ Finally, you can launch Asterisk in the foreground mode (not a daemon)
# asterisk -vvvc
@@ -95,6 +121,10 @@ Remember that if you don't have a full duplex sound card (and Asterisk
will tell you somewhere in its verbose messages if you do/don't) then it
won't work right (not yet).
+ "man asterisk" at the Unix/Linux command prompt will give you detailed
+information on how to start and stop Asterisk, as well as all the command
+line options for starting Asterisk.
Feel free to look over the configuration files in /etc/asterisk, where
you'll find a lot of information about what you can do with Asterisk.
@@ -196,12 +226,14 @@ that starts Asterisk.
* MORE INFORMATION
- See the doc directory for more documentation.
+ See the doc directory for more documentation on various features. Again,
+please read all the configuration samples that include documentation on
+the configuration options.
Finally, you may wish to visit the web site and join the mailing list if
you're interested in getting more information.
Welcome to the growing worldwide community of Asterisk users!