Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 428832
Asterisk packages missing demo-echotest and other audio data
Last modified: 2009-02-09 21:22:38 EST
Description of problem:
I have installed asterisk, but it seems that there is no package for asterisk's
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Install Asterisk. Try to call "600," which is the echo test.
The following is logged:
[Jan 15 19:16:13] WARNING file.c: File demo-echotest does not exist in any
[Jan 15 19:16:13] WARNING file.c: Unable to open demo-echotest (format
0x40004 (ulaw|h261)): No such file or directory
[Jan 15 19:16:13] WARNING app_playback.c: ast_streamfile failed on
SIP/localhost-1019e888 for demo-echotest
Are there licensing issues related to these sounds?
Yes, the sounds provided by Digium do not have licenses associated with them, so
we are unable to package them for Asterisk at this point. I've been after them
for a long time to provide a license but for some reason that have not. It's
easy enough to download the sounds from download.digium.com and untar them in
Er, I meant "unable to package them for Fedora"...
Would you mind leaving this bug open until we resolve this issue? The priority is set to low.
Asterisk's asterisk-sounds-1.2.1.tar.gz was distributed with a file named README.txt that states,
"...These sounds are BSD-licensed..." See http://downloads.digium.com/pub/asterisk/releases/. These
sounds do not appear to be the same distributed with 1.6, but do seem to be recorded by the same
woman. Does this help?
What about this: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-voip-maintainers/2006-
May/004710.html ? This is an email in which audio licensing is discussed with a Debian packager.
Does the audio at http://www.voicevector.com/Downloads.php?
PHPSESSID=001824a9b8a9a033cd47f95388c8825a have an acceptable license?
(In reply to comment #3)
> Would you mind leaving this bug open until we resolve this issue? The priority
is set to low.
> Asterisk's asterisk-sounds-1.2.1.tar.gz was distributed with a file named
README.txt that states,
> "...These sounds are BSD-licensed..." See
> sounds do not appear to be the same distributed with 1.6, but do seem to be
recorded by the same
> woman. Does this help?
It's my understanding that the 1.4 versions of the sounds were entirely
re-recorded. It is the same voice artist that recorded the sounds. It's also
my understanding that the voice artists that recorded the prompts are unwilling
to license the sounds under a license that allows commercial use.
> What about this:
> May/004710.html ? This is an email in which audio licensing is discussed with
a Debian packager.
This discussion appears to refer to the older v1.2 sounds.
> Does the audio at http://www.voicevector.com/Downloads.php?
> PHPSESSID=001824a9b8a9a033cd47f95388c8825a have an acceptable license?
You'd need to bounce that question off Tom Callaway, who has much more
experience with licenses and has contacts that can help sort things out.
How about this:
These are released under the Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license. The license may be
found in sounds/en_US/MelanieTaylor/README.
According to http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing, this license is acceptable for content included in
the Fedora project.
From my testing, these audio files have coverage of the requirements of Asterisk 1.6.
This is how I installed theses sounds on top of my Asterisk rpm.
1. Unpack the tarball
3. bash install --prefix=/usr/share/asterisk
4. mv /usr/share/asterisk/sounds/en_US/MelanieTaylor/* /usr/shared/asterisk/sounds
5. rm -rf usr/share/asterisk/sounds/en_US
This may be a solution. I thought about just adding this to the Asterisk package, but it requires its own
build process. Also, the package is called callweaver-sounds, not asterisk-sounds, but it does provide
asterisk-sounds. All of this is up for discussion. If you like this solution, I'll post this to be added to
Fedora (with any necessary changes).
Spec URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/callweaver-sounds.spec
SRPM URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/callweaver-sounds-20071202-1.fc9.src.rpm
For reference, see also: http://bugs.digium.com/view.php?id=12977
*** Bug 454881 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
While the sounds from CallWeaver are very similar, there are differences and
they are likely to grow in the future. Packaging the CallWeaver sounds still
makes sense for using them with CallWeaver though, but please don't place them
under /usr/share/asterisk/sounds. Perhaps a callweaver-asterisk-sounds
subpackage could be created that symlinks the callweaver sounds to the asterisk
directory. Then once a real asterisk sounds package was available it could
conflict/obsolete the callweaver-asterisk-sounds package.
This is a mess! See also https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=454949.
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Moving version to rawhide. I've heard from a number of sources that the problems with licensing might be clearing up...
Yes, if you view the Digium bug at http://bugs.digium.com/view.php?id=10144, you will see that there is discussion regarding this issue as recent as 03 NOV 08.
Woo! Digium finally has release the sounds under a license acceptable to Fedora (CC-BY-SA). Package review is here:
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 483331 ***