In FreeSWITCH, there are many ways to use Perl, not all of which require the mod_perl module or the CPAN Perl modules. You can use Perl in the following ways with FreeSWITCH:
- Executing Perl scripts via curl, etc. to return XML configuration (only requires the curl module)
- Socket control / event socket interaction (send and receive events, execute commands, and IVR over socket interaction) through Perl ESL; this does not require mod_perl, only the Perl ESL module.
- Application action / standard execution to carry out a dialplan (requires mod_perl)
- Native XML generation (requires mod_perl)
If you want or need the advanced control that mod_perl provides please see the mod_perl page for the full documentation on it.
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There is no one way to install Perl support. As outlined above you can use Perl many different ways, each having different requirements. See the mod_perl page for building mod_perl.
Execution of a script
You can run scripts directly from the console with:
If you just want to run a perl script (or any normal application) from a dialplan, invoke the system app:
<action application="system" data="/path/to/app.pl"/>
Note: FreeSWITCH™ has a "scripts" directory which can be determined from the console via the command:
You must specify either
or the full absolute path to your script when you invoke it from the dialplan.