twinstar - Control the Twinstar feature of a Xorcom Astribank
twinstar is a tool to control the Twinstar (dual USB port) of a Xorcom
Astribank. There is a single and mandatory argument which is the
command to run. That command operates on all the Astribanks connected
to the system.
Technically all the commands are implemented using Dahdi::Xpp::Mpp
which in turn uses astribank_tool. Thus using thus tool will require
root permissions or otherwise read/write permissions to the USB device.
The twinstar may be in watchdog mode, which means that it will jump to
the remote host if it loses contact with the local host. This can
happen if the machine is powered down or hangs or even if the xpp
drivers are unloaded. Which is why the standard twinstar scripts put
the Astribanks in twinstar mode on startup and remove it on normal
An Astribank will only jump to the other host (either if asked
explicitly or by the watchdog) only if there is a different Astribank
connected to the other port and running. Which is why all of this has
no effect on systems that don’t need this functionality.
The command are:
Shows the current status of all Astribanks. Note that it only shows
Astribanks whose current active USB port is the one connected to this
DEVICE PORT WATCHDOG POWER0 POWER1
usb:001/010 0 on yes yes
usb:001/011 0 on yes yes
For each Astribank on the system that has Twinstar support we get:
The address of the device. This is the bus address, e.g. the
address you see in lsusb / dahdi_hardware.
The active USB port on the Astribank. This should be always ’0’ on
the master and always 1 on the slave.
on if the watchdog is triggered in the Atribank or off otherwise.
Shows which ports of this Astribank are connected to a USB port of
a running computer. This only shows whether or not the USB host
Shows the same ’Port’ column of the status command.
Command all the Astribanks to jump to the other port. This works
regardless the watchdog mode is enabled or not. But requires that there
is power on the other port.
Enables watchdog mode.
Disables watchdog mode.
twinstar mostly uses astribank_tool which in turn mostly uses USB files
under /dev/bus/usb .