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TEXT codec and unions [message #1772830] Sat, 16 September 2017 01:41 Go to next message
Harald Welte is currently offline Harald WelteFriend
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I'm currently implementing a minimal MGCP (RFC3435) encoder/parser using the TITAN TEXT coder. Source code can be found in and

I define a text-coded type "MgcpCommand" and "MgcpResponse", as well as a union of both types called "MgcpMessage".

All seems fine if I use the generated dec_MgcpCommand() or dec_MgcpResponse() functions to decode either a MGCP command or a response. However, when putting both together into the union "MgcpMessage", and calling dec_MgcpMessage(), the decoder fails in a weird way.

Assuming I have the following string which I might have received from a peer: "510 23 FAIL\r\n", then calling dec_MgcpResponse("510 23 FAIL\r\n") will result in the expected
{ line := { code := "510", trans_id := "23", string := "FAIL" }, params := { }, sdp := omit }

However, when calling dec_MgcpMessage() on the same input string, the result will be
{ response := { line := { code := "510 23", trans_id := "FAIL", string := omit }, params := { }, sdp := omit } }
, i.e. suddenly the Code + TransactionId both end up inthe "code" field, and the "string" ends up in "trans_id", which is clearly wrong.

So somehow the TEXT decoder detects that the received text is not a MgcpCommand (probably by the first token not matching MgcpVerb) and calles the decoder for MgcpResponse - but then the decode fails, despite an explicit dec_MgcpResponse on the string doing the right thing.

Does anyone have an idea what's going on here? As I'm using the encoder/decoder in a dual-faced port on top of IPL4asp(udp) and I have to behave both as call agent as well as a controller, I would prefer to keep the code generic, rather than having one translation port or dual-faced port per role.
Re: TEXT codec and unions [message #1772834 is a reply to message #1772830] Sat, 16 September 2017 05:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elemer Lelik is currently offline Elemer LelikFriend
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Hi Harald,

this looks like a fault in the generated codec;

Let me come back to you.

Best regards

Re: TEXT codec and unions [message #1772873 is a reply to message #1772834] Mon, 18 September 2017 08:19 Go to previous message
Bence Janos Szabo is currently offline Bence Janos SzaboFriend
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Hello Harald,

There is a workaround for your problem until we can fix this issue in the codec.

If you modify your MgcpVerb type to this: (I added a matching expression)

type charstring MgcpVerb ("EPCF", "CRCX", "MDCX", "DLCX", "RQNT", "NTFY",
          "AUEP", "AUCX", "RSIP") with {
    variant "TEXT_CODING(,convert=upper_case,'((EPCF)|(CRCX)|(MDCX)|(DLCX)|(RQNT)|(NTFY)|(AUEP)|(AUCX)|(RSIP))',case_insensitive)"

This works on the example you provided, and should work on the other testcases too.

Best regards,

[Updated on: Mon, 18 September 2017 08:34]

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