I've been using Asterisk, including administering and maintaining it, in some aspect since 2003, but this is the first time I have attempted a from-scratch installation and setup on my own. I'm following the instructions in the ePub edition of the book "Asterisk, the Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition," published by O’Reilly Media, Inc. in 2019, for Asterisk version 16 on a fresh install of Dedbian 11.6 (Bull's Eye).


In Chapter 3, "Installing Asterisk," in the section "Asterisk Packages," the book says, and I quote from the ePub:

There are Asterisk packages  that can be installed using package management systems  such as  yum or  apt-get . You are encouraged to use them once you are familiar with Asterisk.

So, thinking I was familiar enough with the product, I indeed used aptp[get to install.

# apt-get install asterisk

I got lots of dependencies, plus the core, everything went swimmingly, no errors. In a minute or two, I had Asterisk 1:16.28.0~dfsg-0+deb11u2. Great.

A little further along down the book, there's an "Initial Configuration" section detailing some changes to modules.conf and logger.conf, and a few ownership change commands to certain files and directories. All went exactly according to the documentation.

Then the weeds started to appear, and I was off into them.

The first was the mention of Alembic. This was not installed as part of the apt-get installation mentioned above, but I expected whatever Alembic could do, I could do manually, it'd just take longer and be more tedious. NO problem. I'd get through it.

Reading on, I found this, regarding an SQL database:

Log into the database now, and review all the tables that have been created:

SQL? Database? Where ... what ... I got no SQL when I installed from the Debian package management system, nor was there any mention of it in the book with regard to complete package installation. Come to think of it, on some of the old implementations on which I'd worked in the past, I don't remember seeing SQL as a part thereof.

Time to put the brakes on, find out what's going on, or what I did wrong.

So, my question is, what is the correct approach to supplementing or correcting the standard Debian package installation, or if there isn't one, should I remove what I installed and stqart over, or even deeper, re-generate the Debian system (which I can do in less than fifteen minutes) and build from sources according to the book?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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