BLF on Asterisk 1.4.11 and Asterisk-Users mailing list

I’ve been finding that hinting is highly unreliable under 1.4.11. I just recently decided to try using 1.4, because a coworker’s been using it for a while now, and I’ve had a number of people on Freenode telling me it was quite stable. However, what I’ve found is that the BLF (the main reason I made the leap) is even more unstable than the BLF in 1.2.

I haven’t had a problem with BLF in recent (last two months) history with 1.2. However, the first time I tried BLF in 1.4, it was not working reliably.

  1. SIP phone is busy, but show hints still shows it as being idle; I’m guessing this problem has to be an Asterisk bug
  2. Zap hints not showing as being watched until about eight hours after I program the BLF keys into an Aastra 57i and reboot
  3. Parked call hints not showing up as being watched ever after I program the BLF keys into an Aastra 57i and reboot

I have a bug report for this at

On a side note, I can’t seem to get any messages posted to the asterisk-users mailing list. I’ve checked the archives as well, just in case I wasn’t getting them echoed back, but they’re not there, either.

I will be posting sip debug and syslog logs to the bug report probably tomorrow.

Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.

there are some extra settings needed in 1.4 for hints to work properly.

In sip.conf

in each extension definition

The actual call-limit value is not important, it just needs something other than zero to work with (and if less than 2 you can’t transfer so don’t go too low).