Mass SMS

Odhiambo Washington odhiambo.raburu at
Thu Jun 1 12:33:28 PDT 2006

* On 01/06/06 23:13 +0400, Boris Samorodov wrote:
| On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 18:24:35 +0300 Odhiambo Washington wrote:
| > I have a few hundred VIP clients (yes, some are more VIP than others)
| > who I'd like to notify, via SMS, whenever we have any network problem
| > and also immediately such a
| > problem is resolved.
| > What I'm looking for is some software that I can use to do this,
| > within FreeBSD. I hope one of the experts in this area has done
| > one so I don't have to wait for the invention.
| > `make search key=sms` from within the ports did give some apps,
| > but I did not see one that is capable of looking at a database
| > of contact numbers and sending that one sms to all of them.
| > Of course I do expect a reply/delivery report after sending the sms.
| > Any good pointers will be appreciated.
| We use:
| /usr/ports/net-mgmt/nagios
| /usr/ports/mail/exim
| /usr/ports/comms/gammu
| Nagios is used to lookup on host and services. When a problem occures,
| it sends a letter to address <user-sms>@domain. Exim has router:
| sms_posting:
|   transport = mail2sms
|   driver = manualroute
|   local_part_suffix = -sms
|   route_list = *
| ...and transport:
| mail2sms:
|   driver = pipe
|   user = mailnull
|   command = /usr/local/bin/ 
| The last script is at the attachement. It uses a Subject field as a
| text to send via sms and write an outgoing message to
| /var/spool/sms/outbox. Gammu smsd daemon is scanning this directory
| for any existing files and send them via GSM phone. This phone is
| connected to our server via COM or USB port (Prolific Technology chip
| USB-to-COM cable for the latter).
| /var/spool/sms/db/phones is the file with lines
| <target-phone-number>\tab<user-sms at domain>:
| +7495NNNNNNN    bsam-sms at
| We have been using this technology for a year and don't have any
| claims so far.

Hi Boris,

This is great!!! After looking at the Nagios contacts, I believe this
solution is almost akin to K.I.S.S.
However, e-mail being e-mail, I thought about spammers, but that looks
like something I can take care of within Exim using some rules to ensure 
that only valid senders can get mail into the SMS...
I have two concerns:

(1). Your router's route_list line seems incomplete to me, no?

(2). Assuming SMSes are charged, how do you monitor the charges?
     (phone must have credit in order to send SMS, no?)

(3). Suppose someone sent a reply to the system, where does it go?

(4). You mention that "uses a Subject field as a text to 
     send via sms and write an outgoing message to /var/spool/sms/outbox...."
     It is still not yet clear to me where the "Subject field" comes 

Thank you so much for making public this solution!

	Best regards,
	Odhiambo Washington
	Systems Admin,
	Wananchi Online Ltd.

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