Voicemain Notify - Manually trigger

We currently use a Zertron Sentryvoice auto dialer for in building alarms. This machine is very old (but still supported) and uses an analog phone line to dial out. I would like to automate the process a by using the voicemail notify module, which we currently use and depend heavily on.

What I am looking to do is this.
Write a script to copy a pre-recorded message to a voicemail “new” folder and the text file that would look like a new voicemail message.
Trigger the VM notify module to to see the new message and do its thing.

Trouble is I am having difficulties figuring out what calls the VM notify to see the new message and go to work. I see in the logs after a message is left something triggers VM notify, but it looks like the PHP files are encrypted (probably due to being a commercial module) Does anyone have any insight on how to accomplish this?

The trigger is a Comedian Mail (app_voicemail) feature externnotify that runs a script when a new message is created. asterisk/voicemail.conf.sample at master · asterisk/asterisk · GitHub

I’m not sure how (or if) you can get it to trigger if you’re manually copying a recording to the appropriate mailbox, but it might work if you have poll mailboxes enabled.

The asterisk forum might have more expertise in app_voicemail https://community.asterisk.org/

Stray thought, you may be able to use Asterisk AMI to trigger the externnotify as well:

CLI> manager show command VoicemailRefresh
Action: VoicemailRefresh
[ActionID:] <value>
[Context:] <value>
[Mailbox:] <value>

Tell Asterisk to poll mailboxes for a change

Normally, MWI indicators are only sent when Asterisk itself changes a mailbox.
With external programs that modify the content of a mailbox from outside the
application, an option exists called 'pollmailboxes' that will cause voicemail
to continually scan all mailboxes on a system for changes.  This can cause a
large amount of load on a system.  This command allows external applications to
signal when a particular mailbox has changed, thus permitting external
applications to modify mailboxes and MWI to work without introducing
considerable CPU load.
If <Context> is not specified, all mailboxes on the system will be polled for
changes.  If <Context> is specified, but <Mailbox> is omitted, then all
mailboxes within <Context> will be polled. Otherwise, only a single mailbox
will be polled for changes.

Good thought, but this did not work. I did connect through the AMI and send the “VoicemailRefresh” command, which returned successfully.

I have found the “eternal notify” trigger is executed from two different actions. First a caller enters the VM and leaves a message, second being the extension calls his VM. So if I dump an audio file in my VM INBOX folder, the MWI on my desk phone lights almost immediately. The message will then stay in my inbox until I dial my VM. I can hang up immediately, and then MN notify does it’s thing.

If you are using 15+ this was moved in to fwconsole…

fwconsole voicemail --notification [context] [extension] [vmcount] [oldvmcount] [urgvmcount]

James, I origionally started there with no success. The argument --notification returns “The “”–notification” option does not exist" If I send the command without the – so I get a return back to command prompt, but nothing happens. If I send:

fwconsole voicemail notification default 5907

I am returned:
#!/usr/bin/php -q

Voicemail Notifications 15.0.13
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Am I missing an argument?

notification should be have a -- as it is an argument itself. Everything that follows it is parsed as an array of items

When entered as:
fwconsole voicemail --notification default 5907

I receive:
The “–notification” option does not exist.

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