is there a program for Windows (or linux command line) platform that would do below from a command line?

  • call a land phone number (using my SIP account)
  • enter password
  • record the call
  • finishes after a period of time or after the other part hangs up?

Linux command line:

linphone includes a scriptable linphonec command-line version. Starting linphonec with the --pipe option will create a socket in /tmp that one can write to and read from.

It fulfills all your requirements and I've tested (for my own uses) all of them successfully:

  • Calling via SIP,
  • transmitting DTMF sequences,
  • recording a call to file, and
  • via parsing its output, you can see when the call finishes and quit the program.

You'd do a loop like this:

socket=/tmp/linphonec-$(id -u)

linphonec --pipe 2>&1 |
while read -r line
    echo $line
    case $line in
        *Ready )
            sleep 1
            echo ">>> initializing"
            for command in "soundcard use files" "record $filename" "call $number"
                echo -n $command | nc -q 5 -U $socket
        *Call\ *\ with\ *\ connected. )
            sleep 1
            echo ">>> sending pass"
            echo -n "play $passfile" | nc -q 5 -U $socket
        *Call\ *\ ended. )
            sleep 1
            echo ">>> quitting"
            while echo -n quit | nc -q 5 -U $socket 2&>-
                i=$(expr $i + 1)
                if test $i -ge 5
                    echo $(basename $0): could not shut down linphonec &>2
                    exit 1
                sleep 2
            echo ">>> END"

This is not yet on optimal solution. Note that under >>> sending pass, I'm playing a wav file instead of sending a DTMF sequence. linphone is capable of the latter, but during my cursory fiddling I haven't yet found the right way to do so while sound in- and output is on file basis to allow recording.

Sadly, linphone documentation is sparse. I've had best results just starting linphonec interactively and using the builtin help.

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  • sounds really great. Could you give me some hint about the "via parsing its output, you can see when the call finishes and quit the program." I cannot grasp what it could mean. The rest be in readme or online help I guess. – Radek Apr 20 '11 at 2:47
  • The credentials can be put inside the configured file specified with the -c option. The number to call can be specified with -s. – Old Geezer Sep 2 '19 at 14:19
  • @peth In while echo -n quit | nc -q 5 -U $socket 2&>-, what condition evaluates to true/false? Also, what does 2&>- mean? For me, the expression evaluates to false but linphonec remains running. It's a pity the there is no option for linphonec to exit after a call hangs up. – Old Geezer Sep 2 '19 at 14:37

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