Back in October the official Asterisk wiki page on packages was modified to state that there is currently no official repository for Asterisk packages. Indeed, since then, there have been no new packages released at http://packages.asterisk.org, the last versions available there being, all updated on 23rd October 2015, but released on 9th April 2015 are:
- Asterisk 13.3.2
- Asterisk 12.8.2
- Asterisk 11.17.1
Those 3 releases were security releases to address AST-2015-003, the latest security advisory for Asterisk, but, making it to RPM 6 months after release. Leaving people using the official RPMs potentially exposed for 6 months. That's obviously an issue, and I expect the topic of a number of Digium internal conversations that, combined with the fact that it needed quite a bit of love and Digium were potentially suffering from limited in-house time and skills, likely resulted in the decision to drop support.
Fedora EPEL would appear to be the ideal place to see Asterisk supported, in fact, it was, but following the typical slow and steady approach of EPEL, with Asterisk 18.104.22.168 being the latest release there, released on 9th April 2015 to address AST-2015-003, and only for EL6. Unfortunately, the maintainer of the package on EPEL/Fedora, jcollie, has stepped away from maintaining Asterisk packages also, it's not visably clear where that leaves Asterisk there.
If you use Asterisk on CentOS or RHEL, you want to be using RPM packages, not messing around with building source tarballs on each of the machines you maintain. I use Asterisk on CentOS, both on CentOS 6 and more recently on CentOS 7 working with quite a few systems that it's important to keep consistent. I need RPMs that receive fixes in a timely manner, so, I've built my own with an automated build system. As I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs this, I'm sharing them here.
I'm still testing the builds, and for anyone else who finds there way here, I encourage you to thoroughly test too before deploying into a production environment. Standard boiler plate: These packages are without warranty, you use them at your own risk.
Using The RepositoryThe following steps can get you up and running with the repository quickly:
- Download the repo file from https://ast.tucny.com/repo/tucny-asterisk.repo to /etc/yum.repos.d/
- Import the signing key using 'rpm --import https://ast.tucny.com/repo/RPM-GPG-KEY-dtucny'
- Edit the /etc/yum.repos.d/tucny-asterisk.repo and set 'enabled=1' for 'asterisk-common' and the version of asterisk you want to use
- Install the packages you want. 'dnf install asterisk' or 'yum install asterisk' can get you started.