Structure of Config Files
Configuration files have a simple structure consisting of two parts, the stanza and key/value pairs.
- A stanza is a section of the config file. It starts with a name (or number) surrounded by square brackets on a line by itself. A config file will have one or more stanza. Each stanza continues until the next stanza or end of file. Stanzas contain one or more ker/value pairs.
- Key/value pairs set various values such as the ID of the node.
Config file comments are preceded with a semicolon.
In this example of two nodes the stanza is the node number and the key/value pairs set the CW ID and the ID timer:
 idrecording = |iW1ABC idtime = 540000 ; 9 minutes  idrecording = |iW1XYZ idtime = 540000
Settings to name other Stanzas
Within the node stanza, some key=value pairs point to other stanzas. This allows nodes on the same Asterisk/app_rpt server to have the same settings (without duplicate entries) or different settings in some cases. For example the phone patch command may be *6 on one node, yet *61 on another.
 functions=functionsVHF  functions=functionsVHF  functions=functionsUHF [functionsVHF] ; Two meter Autopatch up is *6 6=autopatchup,noct=1,farenddisconnect=1,dialtime=20000 0=autopatchdn ; Autopatch down [functionsUHF] ; 440 Autopatch up is *61 61=autopatchup,noct=1,farenddisconnect=1,dialtime=20000 ; Autopatch up 0=autopatchdn ; Autopatch down
Note: A stanza is also called a context in Asterisk PBX terminology, particularly related to the dialplan.