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       rate-files - Format of rate-files


       The  rate-files  used  by  isdnlog(8)  and by isdnrate(1) are textfiles
       defining the telephone  fees  for  different  destinations  at  certain
       dates/times for all providers of one country.
       The rate-files have the following overall layout:

       Header entries

       Provider entries

       Comments starting with a hash-sign ’#’ and empty lines are ignored. The
       first  letter  (tag)  followed  by  a  colon  separates  the   entries.
       Additional white space may be used after the tags to group content more

   Special entries


              includefile get’s substituted at the current position. There are
              two possibilities. In the rate source file (which is prepared by
              pp_rate) a small i puts the contents of the  include  file  in
              the outputfile.  An I-Tag means, for the preprocessor, write a
              new output file (the includefile) and leave the tag in the rate-
              files. This is for real include files.
              Includes  may  be  nested twice. The filename should not contain
              any paths (except for ’i’ of course), they are taken relative to
              their parent file.

   Header entries

              e.g.  V:1.0-Germany [18-Mar-1999]



              This  defines  telephone  services with special numbers. Special
              numbers are numbers which a) start with no ’0’ or b) can not  be
              dialed  with  every  provider.  A  number with a variable length
              should have the wildcard ’*’  at  the  end,  eg.   07189*  which
              matches all numbers starting with 07189.  Numbers with wildcards
              should be placed after numbers which would match  the  wildcard,
              because  matching  is  done  straight  top  down.   There may be
              multiple N: tags for one telephone service.


       U:currencyfmt currency

              If the first char of currencyfmt is ^, the amount is  multiplied
              by 100 before it is displayed without leading ^.

              e.g. (one of these, ¢ = cent)
              U:%.3f EUR
              U:^%.3f ¢

       X:num_wildcard = provider[zZone] [,...]

              Define  exception.  If  a  certain  number is always routed to a
              certain provider and not to the preselected provider, you should
              use this tag.
              e.g.  in Austria, online service numbers 194x or 07189 go always
              via Telekom, ignoring your preselection:
              X: 194*=1,07189*=1
              X: 194*=1z6    # Provider 1 Zone 6

   Provider entries
       A new  provider  starts  always  with  a  P:  tag  and  consists  of  a
       Providerheader followed by Providerzones.

       P:[daterange] providernumber providername

              daterange is [[fromDate][-toDate]]
              This  defines  a  time  range for the validity of rates for this
              provider. Dates have to be numeric in format   Note:
              as  time  is  assumed  as  00:00, take for toDate the day+1. The
              daterange has to be enclosed in square brackets. Either fromDate
              or -toDate or both may be given.
              The  providernumber  may  be  a simple number, normally the last
              digits  of  the  VBN-number,  or  providernumber,variant  if   a
              provider has different connection fees.
              P:02 UTA
              P:[01.01.1999] 1,1 Telekom Minimumfee


       VBN-Number for provider

              e.g.  B:1002
              This  is  the number to select this provider and depends on your

       C:COMMENT: comment

       COMMENT may be an arbitrary string, but the following entries are  used

              C:Name:           Providername
              C:Maintainer:     Who did the hard work
              C:TarifChanged:   and when
              C:Address:        Provideraddress
              C:Homepage:       http:URL for provider
              C:TarifURL:       URL for tarif info
              C:EMail:          EMail-Address
              C:Telefon:        Telefon number
              C:Telefax:        Fax number
              C:Hotline:        Telefon number
              C:Zone:           Textual info about zones
              C:Special:        Guess
              C:GT:             Additional charge text
              C:GF:             Additional charge formula

       If  there  are  multiple  comments with the same comment name, they get
       appended separated by a newline char.


       Name of zone file (inserted for %s in  ZONEFILE  =  /usr/lib/isdn/zone-
       CC-%s.dat from isdn.conf)

              e.g.  D:1001 # zone file is zone-at-1001.gdbm

       Note:  if  the provider has no different domestic zones, you should not
       define a D:tag.

       A Providerzone entry starts with a Z: tag followed by one  or  more  A:
       and T: tags.

       A  zone  is a region of areas, for which the same rates apply. Domestic
       and foreign zones should not be mixed  and  all  foreign  zones  should
       follow domestic zones.

       R:prov, sub ; zonelist

       Read  zones  from  provider prov subprovider number sub.  A zonelist is
       defined below.  If the referenced provider doesn’t have  a  subprovider
       number,  the  sub  must  be  -1. The referenced provider may be defined
       before  or  after  the  R:-tag.  The  referenced  zones  must  be  real
       Z:-entries,  not  references  themself.  The zone numbers and names are
       taken from the referenced provider. The last  to_zone  may  be  missing
       then all zones from the start zone are used.

       R:1,1 ; 1-4,6, 10-
       There some limitations:
       The  reference  cannot be more exact than the referenced providerzones.
       R:42,0;1 will not work as desired if P:42,0 defines Z:1-4.
       It is not possible to reference a providerzone without areas  when  the
       default  domestic  zone (with your countrycode as area) is not included
       in the same range of referenced zones.  This applies  mainly  to  zones
       for  different  distances  in the national fixed network, e.g. Z:1-3 in

       r:prov, sub ; start_zone-
       This tag is related to the R:-tag.  It  is  interpreted  by  the  rate-
       preprocessor  pp_rate.  All providerzones with a zone number greater or
       equal start_zone are copied from provider prov[,sub]  and  replace  the
       r:-tag.   If  an area is already used in a previous providerzone of the
       current  provider,  it  will  not  be  copied.   If  all  areas  of   a
       providerzone  are  already defined, the entire zone will not be copied.
       Lines that contain only comments are also not copied, but  comments  at
       the end of other lines are.

       This  tag  is  designed  for  providers with a rate variant that offers
       different fees for some foreign destinations.

       Z:zonelist zonename

       where zonelist is zone[-to_zone][,...]

              e.g.  Z:1-2,4 Interior


       area may be a telephone  number  (including  +countrycode  for  numbers
       which  may  be  reached  from  everywhere,  a  telephone number without
       +countrycode for numbers only reachable in the own country) or an  area
       name  or  alias  as  defined  in country.dat.  Country names have to be
       translated to their code by the rate-preprocessor pp_rate.

              e.g.  A:19430,07189 # Online

              e.g.  A:+31,Belgium # Int 1

       Note: There should always be exactly one zone with your countrycode  or
       countryname respectively:


       Countrynames  like  Belgium  in the above example are replaced by their
       ISO-Code (or TLD) with the rate preprocessor pp_rate.

       T:[daterange]daylist/timelist[!]=chargelist chargename

       where daterange is [[fromDate][-toDate]] like the corresonding provider
       entry.   Note  that the daterange is enclosed in sqare brackets, either
       fromDate or -toDate are optional.

       daylist is day[-day][,...]  and day is a daynumber (1=Mon, 2=Tue,  ...)
       or  W  (workday,  Monday  to  Friday),  E  (weekend),  H (holiday) or *
       (everyday).  If more than one of these days match  a  given  date,  the
       following order of priority (highest first) applies: H 7 .. 1 E W *.

       timelist  is  hour[-hour][,hour]  where hour is a number 0..23 or * for

       After daylist/timelist follows = or != which  means,  provider  doesn’t
       adjust rates on a rate boundary e.g. at 18h00.

       A chargelist consists of


       where  MinCharge|  is an (optional) minimum charge, Charge the rate per
       Duration seconds or optional rate per (Divider)  seconds,  Duration  is
       the length of one charge unit in seconds. After Delay the next duration
       is taken. If delay is not given it equals to the  duration.   The  last
       duration may not have a delay and may not be zero.

              T:1-4/8-18=1.5(60)/60/1 workday

              Monday  until  Thursday,  daytime the charge is 1.50 per minute,
              first charge is for one minute after this charging is calculated
              in seconds interval.

              T:W/18-8=0.30|1.2(60)/1 night

              On  workdays,  night, charge is the bigger of 1.20 per minute or

              T:*/*=0.50/0,1(60)/1 always

              Everyday, everytime there is a  connection  fee  of  0.50,  then
              charge is 1 per minute.

              T:H/*=0.5/60:600,0.5/30 holidays

              On  holidays,  everytime a charge of 0.5 per minute in a minutes
              interval, after 10 minutes 0.5 per half minute in half a minutes


              Everyday,  everytime the charge is 1.30 independent of duration,
              which could also be written as T:*/*=1.3|0/1.

              T: [-01.02.2000] */17-19=0.79(60)/60/1 Happy Hour
              T: [-01.02.2000] */19-17=0.90(60)/60/1 Normal

              Until the first of Feb 0:00h  (i.e.  end  is  31.1.2000  24:00),
              everyday  between  17  and  19h a charge of 0.79 per minute, the
              first minute is always charged fully, after  this,  charging  is
              calculated in seconds interval.
              The  second  entry  defines a charge of 0.90 in the time outside
              the happy hour.

              T:[15.11.1999-01.02.2000]*/17-19=0.79(60)/60/1 HH

              Like above, but a full date range is given.

       The next two t:-tags are interpreted by pp_rate and replaced by one  or
       more T:-lines.  Both methods can be used together.

       t:[daterange]?[H]=chargelist chargename

       This  line  is  replaced  by  according  T:-lines  for  not yet defined
       day/hour pairs.

       If a daterange is given, only previous T:-lines without a daterange  or
       with  the same daterange will be considered as earlier definitions.  If
       H is noted, definitions will also be added for holidays.

              T:W/08-18=0.10/60 normal time
              t:?H=0.04/60 save time

              This lines will lead to the following lines after pp_rate:

              T:W/08-18=0.10/60 normal time
              T:W/18-08=0.04/60 save time
              T:E,H/*=0.04 save time

       t:daterange=srcrange [chargename]

       Generates T:-lines for daterange  by  copying  previous  T:-lines  with
       srcrange  in  the same zone.  If a chargename is given, it will replace
       the chargename of the originating line.  srcrange can be  shortened  as
       long as it remains definite.

              T:[-24.12.2003]W/*=0.08/60 on workdays
              T:[-24.12.2003]E,H/*=0.06 weekend
              T:[24.12.2003-25.12.2003]*/*=0.04 Christmas Eve
              t:[31.12.2003-01.01.2004]=[24.12.] New Year’s Eve

              This will be transformed into:

              T:[-24.12.2003]W/*=0.08/60 on workdays
              T:[-24.12.2003]E,H/*=0.06/60 weekend
              T:[24.12.2003-25.12.2003]*/*=0.04/60 Christmas Eve
              T:[25.12.2003-31.12.2003]W/*=0.08/60 on workdays
              T:[25.12.2003-31.12.2003]E,H/*=0.06/60 weekend
              T:[31.12.2003-01.01.2004]=0.04/60 New Years’ Eve
              T:[01.01.2004]W/*=0.08/60 on workdays
              T:[01.01.2004]E,H/*=0.06/60 weekend


       isdnlog(8), isdnrate(1), rate.conf(5), isdnlog/README, rate-at.dat


       Leopold  Toetsch  <> (of this man page of course).  Tobias
       Becker <> added the tags r: and t:.

-lt-                              2005/02/23                     rate-files(5)