Matthew Jordan wrote:


There are a few wrinkles with emitting channel variables with
arbitrary events (of which StasisEnd would qualify).

When an event is emitted out of the APIs, it's typically being done so
as a result of a message having been published on the Stasis message
bus. The messages on the bus don't contain a reference to a channel,
but rather a snapshot of the channel. Those snapshots, by default,
don't contain any channel variables, primarily for performance
reasons. Additionally, since dialplan functions can be freely
interchanged with channel variables, it's impossible (or very costly)
to evaluate dialplan function expressions on each snapshot creation.

Unfortunately, you really do need to rely on the messages coming
across the bus. By the time code is processing the sending of a
StasisEnd event, the ast_channel itself may already be gone. As such,
the variables have to be stored on the snapshot in some fashion.

AMI accomplished this by creating a core concept known as 'manager
variables'. These are set directly on the ast_channel structure, and -
when a snapshot is created - are evaluated and copied onto the
snapshot. Again, this is a rather costly operation, but it does limit
the impact of including variables on messages, as you have to
explicitly tell Asterisk which state you want transmitted along with
the channel.

If we wanted a similar concept in ARI, the manager variables could be
reused. I would note that you absolutely will take a performance hit
when using them - building and conveying that much state in every
event is not cheap. Because StasisEnd is rather 'special' - often the
channel core isn't aware of it - I'm not sure how you would convey
variables only on that event and not on all the rest.

The actual raising of StasisEnd is explicitly done inside of Stasis and lives there. When raised the channel is there and valid. It currently uses a channel blob as the payload but this could be changed to something else that would allow channel variables (only channel variables explicitly set on the channel) to also be added. This would scope the channel variables addition to only StasisEnd. Now... if we wanted channel variables on every message... then yeah, it would be difficult.

Joshua Colp
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