estic(1) Administration program for ISTEC ISDN PABX.


estic [-c cmd] [-n] [-p port]

xestic [-g geometry] [-geometry geometry]


This program allows you the administration of the ISDN private automatic branch exchanges ISTEC 1003 and ISTEC 1008 (produced by the German company Emmerich). The documentation under /usr/share/doc/estic/is mostly in the German language.

The main configuration file is estic.ini. The program looks first in the current directory, than in the home directory and than under /etc for this file.

While estic is for use from the console, xestic is a shell script that runs estic inside of an x-terminal-emulation.

This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts and no Back-Cover Texts.


-c cmd        
cmd is a command that will be executed upon startup of
estic. This is useful for cronjobs, e.g. for swaping configuration with estic -c loadconfig tag.ic.
-g geometry     --geometry geometry         
This option specifies the preferred size and position
of the xestic window; see X(1) for the syntax.
No ISTEC is available, only edit parameters.
-p port        
ttyS1..ttyS63 to specify the serial port on which the ISTEC is hooked on.


The program has been written by Ullrich von Bassewitz <[email protected]>. The program is no longer maintained by him. Patches by W. Borgert <[email protected]> have been applied. Thanks also to Martin Schulze <[email protected]>, Paul Slootman <[email protected]>, and Roland Rosenfeld <[email protected]> for good suggestions. Special thanks to Joey, who sent corrections to this manual page, that I included after only 109 days.


This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:

The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be appreciated but is not required.
Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.


It is possible, that there are a lot of problems with different versions of the ISTEC firmware. Unfortunately these problem are very unlikely to be fixed. The ISTEC PABX is more or less outdated, the original author of estic does not support the program anymore and the communication protocol between the ISTEC PABX and the PC is not officially specified by the company Emmerich.

The program is not very UNIXish. E.g. the keyboard shortcuts are not like those in GNU Emacs or as in vi. Please send patches if you can fix this.

Please tell me about grammatical or spelling errors!