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We have the basics of an auto-attendant created, but now let's make it a bit more robust. We need to be able to handle special situations, such as when the caller enters an invalid extension, or doesn't enter an extension at all. Asterisk has a set of special extensions for dealing with situations like there. They all are named with a single letter, so we recommend you don't create any other extensions named with a single letter. You can read about all the Special Dialplan Extensions on the wiki.

 


Let's add a few more lines to our [docs:demo-menu] context, to handle invalid entries and timeouts. Modify your [docs:demo-menu] context so that it matches the one below:

Now dial your auto-attendant menu again (by dialing extension 6598), and try entering an invalid option (such as 3) at the auto-attendant menu. If you watch the Asterisk command-line interface while you dial and your verbosity level is three or higher, you should see something similar to the following:

-- Executing [6598@users:1] Goto("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "demo-menu,s,1") in new stack
-- Goto (demo-menu,s,1)
-- Executing [s@demo-menu:1] Answer("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "500") in new stack
-- Executing [s@demo-menu:2] BackGround("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "press-1&or&press-2") in new stack
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'press-1.gsm' (language 'en')
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'or.gsm' (language 'en')
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'press-2.gsm' (language 'en')
-- Invalid extension '3' in context 'demo-menu' on SIP/demo-alice-00000008
-- Executing [i@demo-menu:1] Playback("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "option-is-invalid") in new stack
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'option-is-invalid.gsm' (language 'en')
-- Executing [i@demo-menu:2] Goto("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "s,loop") in new stack
-- Goto (demo-menu,s,2)
-- Executing [s@demo-menu:2] BackGround("SIP/demo-alice-00000008", "press-1&or&press-2") in new stack
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'press-1.gsm' (language 'en')
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'or.gsm' (language 'en')
-- <SIP/demo-alice-00000008> Playing 'press-2.gsm' (language 'en')

If you don't enter anything at the auto-attendant menu and instead wait approximately ten seconds, you should hear (and see) Asterisk go to the t extension as well.

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