Asterisk man page

This is work in progress to create an Asterisk man page

       asterisk - an Open Source multiprotocol PBX

       asterisk [-r] add syntax here

Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more. Asterisk does voice over IP in four protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.

Asterisk provides Voicemail services with Directory, Call Conferencing, Interactive Voice Response, Call Queuing. It has support for three-way calling, caller ID services, ADSI, SIP and H.323 (as both client and gateway). Check the Features section for a more complete list.

Asterisk needs no additional hardware for Voice over IP. For interconnection with digital and analog telephony equipment, Asterisk supports a number of hardware devices, most notably all of the hardware manufactured by Asterisk's sponsors, Digium. Digium has single and quad span T1 and E1 interfaces for interconnection to PRI lines and channel banks?. In addition, single port analog FXO and quad port analog FXS cards are available, with more analog interfaces in the works.

-c Console mode. Don't go into background mode, stay in foreground with a
command line interface (implies -f)
-C <filename> Start Asterisk with a specified configuration file
-d Debug mode
-f Stay in foreground mode
-g Dump core in case of a crash
-h Help (list all command line options).
-i Initialize crypto keys at startup
-p Run as pseudo-realtime thread
-q Quiet mode
-v The verbose command. Add more 'v':s to get more messages.
-r Connect to Asterisk running in the background and present a command line interface
-x In combination with -r, execute an Asterisk CLI command
-n Disable ANSI colour support
-h Displays a short usage description, including all available


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Full documentation on ser, including configuration guidelines, FAQs and
licensing conditions, is available at

For reporting bugs see

Mailing lists: - Asterisk user community - Asterisk development, new features and unstable version

quick man page whipped up a few months ago:
blinky-lights man page
Created by: oej, Last modification: Tue 26 of Jun, 2012 (04:05 UTC) by admin
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