are you using the FreePBX distro? You should be able to search under standard, commercial, extended and I would expect it to show up there. It may be the path you are on (32 upgrade to 64) is the problem, I have only ever done fresh installs of the distro.
@lgaetz do you think running yum from SSH would produce a different result?
I selected standard, commercial and extended, did a check for updates but Phonebook Directory did not appear.
Just to be absolutely clear - I had a working 32-bit system, installed a 64-bit on different hardware and then used the restore process to configure the new system with a backup of the old as advised here. I reported at the time that the Asterisk address book didn’t restore correctly but that was easily fixed using the export/import function of the address book.
fwconsole ma downloadinstall pbdirectory
No repos specified, using: [standard,extended,commercial] from last GUI settings
Downloading module 'pbdirectory'
The following error(s) occured:
- Retrieved Module XML Was Empty
The module has not appeared in the list even after a refresh and system reboot. However, it looks like you’re on the right track.
I have no extension 411. I believe that it is the standard feature code for accessing the Asterisk phonebook via a search for the first few letters of the name. I used it extensively in the past because I have hundreds of phonebook entries and it doesn’t make sense to have speed dials for them all.
In desperation, I thought I would try restoring the backup from my main machine (FreePBX v16) to a test one that I set up some time ago. It runs v15 so I thought it wise to make a clean install from the v16 ISO before trying. After the installation I discovered that the 411 feature code was not present! It was there in the V15 system I had before.
Is this just me or has 411 been removed from v16? If it has, is it intentional or will it be restored in a future update?
Thank you very much for that. I looked at the release notes for v16 and I could find nothing about the feature being removed. I have now solved the problem (at least for the moment) by reverting to v15. I will make sure that I have your reply when I feel I need to upgrade to v16.
It’s a pity that the dial-by-name feature was removed; I find it very useful and, as far as I can tell, there is no equivalent in the Contacts system.
I tried adding it on my test system, which also runs v15. I added it using 412 as the number. It worked well and created something identical to the existing 411 feature code. In v15 the destination “Directory” does not appear but “Phonebook Directory” does. I will, when I get some time, install v16 on the test system and try your suggestion on that.
Please forgive my ignorance but I assume that in V16 the dial-by-name feature is still present but using a different module which has to be enabled by the method you describe? Also, does “Directory” mean the contacts directory in v16?
I made a fresh install of v16 on my test system. I then tried to add a new feature code as described by PitzKey. It created a new directory that could be accessed by the feature code but that directory can only hold, as far as I can see, internal extension numbers. I haven’t been able to import the old Asterisk Phonebook into this new directory.
I can import the old phonebook into contacts but I can’t see how to access contacts using dial by name.