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SMS daemon for Gammu.

Jan 05, 2018


gammu-smsd - SMS daemon for Gammu


gammu-smsd [OPTION]...


This manual page documents briefly the gammu-smsd command. gammu-smsd is a program that periodically scans GSM modem for received messages, stores them in defined storage and also sends messages enqueued in this storage. The daemon can reload configuration file after sending hangup signal (SIGHUP) and properly terminates itself on SIGINT and SIGTERM. Program accepts following options (please note that long options might be not accepted on some platforms): -h, --help Shows help. -v, --version Shows version information and compiled in features. -c, --config=file Configuration file to use, default is /etc/gammu-smsdrc, on Windows there is no default and configuration file path has to be always specified. If you run SMSD as a system daemon (or service), it is recommended to use absolute path to configuration file as startup directory might be different than you expect. See gammu-smsdrc for configuration file documentation. -p, --pid=file Lock file for storing pid, empty for no locking. Not supported on Windows. -U, --user=user Drop daemon privileges to chosen user after starting. -G, --group=group Drop daemon privileges to chosen group after starting. -d, --daemon Daemonize program on startup. Not supported on Windows. -i, --install-service Installs SMSD as a Windows service. -u, --uninstall-service Uninstalls SMSD as a Windows service. -s, --start-service Starts SMSD Windows service. -k, --stop-service Stops SMSD Windows service. -f, --max-failures=count Terminate after defined number of failures. Use 0 to not terminate (this is default). -X, --suicide=seconds Kills itself after number of seconds. -S, --run-service Runs pogram as SMSD Windows service. This should not be used manually, but only Windows Service manager should use this command. -n, --service-name=name Defines name of a Windows service. Each service requires an unique name, so if you want to run several SMSD instances, you have to name each service differently. Default is “GammuSMSD”. -l, --use-log Use logging as configured in config file (default). -L, --no-use-log Do not use logging as configured in config file. -e, --install-event-log Installs Windows EventLog description to registry. New in version 1.31.90. -E, --uninstall-event-log Uninstalls Windows EventLog description to registry. New in version 1.31.90.


SMSD can be controlled using following POSIX signals (if your platform supports this): SIGHUP Reload configuration and reconnect to phone. SIGINT, SIGTERM Gracefully shutdown the daemon. SIGALRM Used internally for gammu-smsd -X SIGUSR1 Suspends SMSD operation, closing connection to phone and database. SIGUSR2 Resumes SMSD operation (after previous suspend). Changed in version 1.22.91: Added support for SIGHUP. Changed in version 1.22.95: Added support for SIGALRM. Changed in version 1.31.90: Added support for SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2.


Linux/Unix Examples Start SMSD as a daemon on Linux: gammu-smsd --config /etc/gammu-smsdrc --pid /var/run/ --daemon Start SMSD as a daemon on Linux with reduced privileges: gammu-smsd --config /etc/gammu-smsdrc --pid /var/run/ --daemon --user gammu ↲ --group gammu SMSD as a system wide daemon To use SMSD as a daemon, you might want to use init script which is shipped with Gammu in contrib/init directory. It is not installed by default, either install it manually or check INSTALL file for instructions. Under Windows 7 you might need to disable UAC (user account control) before you will be able to install SMSD service. Windows Service Examples Install Gammu SMSD Windows service: gammu-smsd.exe -c c:\Gammu\smsdrc -i Install two instances of SMSD Windows service: gammu-smsd.exe -c c:\Gammu\smsdrc-1 -n Gammu-first-phone -i gammu-smsd.exe -c c:\Gammu\smsdrc-2 -n Gammu-second-phone -i To uninstall a Windows service: gammu-smsd.exe -u Troubleshooting Windows Service If Gammu fails to start as a Windows service (you will usually get “Error 1053: The ser‐ vice did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion”), first check your SMSD logs. If they do not contain any useful hint, try starting SMSD manually with exactly same parameters as you installed the service (without -i). For example the command line can look like: gammu-smsd.exe -c smsdrc You now should be able to get errors from SMSD even if it fails to start as a service. Invoking Gammu and suspending SMSD As you can not run Gammu and Gammu SMSD at same time on signle device, you can workaround this limitation by suspending SMSD temporarily using SIGUSR1 and SIGUSR2 signals (see also Signals): SMSD_PID=`pidof gammu-smsd` if [ -z "$SMSD_PID" ] ; then echo "Failed to figure out SMSD PID!" else kill -SIGUSR1 $SMSD_PID gammu identify kill -SIGUSR2 $SMSD_PID fi Or even create a gammu-safe script: #!/bin/bash SMSD_PID=`pidof gammu-smsd` if [ -z "$SMSD_PID" ] ; then gammu $@ else tty=$(lsof |grep -E "gammu-sms\s+$SMSD_PID\s+.*/dev/tty*"|awk {'print $NF'}) kill -SIGUSR1 $SMSD_PID while test "$(fuser $ttyfuser $tty 2> /dev/null|xargs)" = $SMSD_PID do sleep 1 done sleep 1 gammu $@ kill -SIGUSR2 $SMSD_PID while test "$(fuser $ttyfuser $tty 2> /dev/null|xargs)" != $SMSD_PID do sleep 1 done sleep 1 fi


You can not use same phone by more programs in same time. However in case you did not enable locking in [gammu] section, it might be able to start the communication with phone from more programs. In this case neither of the programs will probably work, see Invoking Gammu and suspending SMSD for workaround. There is no way to detect that SMS message is reply to another by looking at message head‐ ers. The only way to achieve this is to add some token to the message and let the user include it in the message on reply.


Michal Čihař <>
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1.39.0 Jan 05, 2018 GAMMU-SMSD(1)
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